BANGOR, Maine — A Hammond Street resident reported Saturday night that his home was broken into and a .45-caliber handgun was missing. Police scoured the area in search of the thieves and the search paid off when they stopped two men walking on Union Street, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said on Monday.
The victim identified Matthew Ayotte, 32, who is listed as a transient, and Frank Tripp, 42, of Bangor as people who had been in his apartment before. One reportedly was carrying a backpack and inside was the stolen handgun.
Both men were charged with felony theft and felony theft by unauthorized taking. Ayotte, who is a convicted felon, also was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.
Police took both men to Penobscot County Jail and Ayotte remained there Monday night, a jail official said. If convicted of either felony theft charge, Ayotte and Tripp each face a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000. Ayotte faces an additional penalty of five years in prison for having the gun, if convicted.