Washington County Grand Jury indicts nine, including two men involved in five-county burglary scheme

Posted March 16, 2011, at 6:28 p.m.

MACHIAS, Maine — Two area men charged with 25 counts each of home burglary and theft were among nine people indicted Tuesday by the Washington County Grand Jury.

Both men, Richard “Twitch” Merritt, 54, of East Machias and Thorndike, and Randy G. Millay, 43, of Machiasport, also were indicted on similar charges in November by a Waldo County Grand Jury. Merritt was indicted in Waldo County on eight additional burglary charges and 11 counts of theft by unauthorized taking. Millay is facing seven more burglary and 10 theft charges from Waldo County.

The two men initially were arrested last June after a joint investigation by Trooper Andrew Foss of the Maine State Police and Lt. Travis Willey of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. The burglary and theft operation reportedly covered at least five counties. Nearly 40 victims were identified, and the case was cracked open when a citizen provided police a tip, according to earlier stories in the Bangor Daily News.

More than $20,000 in stolen property was recovered after their arrest, including wood splitters, generators, outboards, tools, a boat and other items. Some of the property has been returned to the owners.

ln an unrelated incident, Merritt was indicted last August by a Waldo County Grand Jury after he was reportedly seen peeping into a home in Unity in late July. He was indicted on charges of aggravated operating after habitual offender revocation, criminal operating under the influence, trespass by a motor vehicle, driving to endanger, unauthorized use of property, refusing to submit to arrest, violation of privacy, and violation of condition of release.

Also indicted this week by the Washington County Grand Jury were:

Mark A. Smith, 40, of Columbia, on charges of gross sexual assault and two counts of unlawful sexual contact.

Carl E. Sizemore, 29, Trescott, criminal OUI, operating after revocation, aggravated operating after habitual offender revocation, two counts criminal mischief, violation of a protective order, and operating beyond license conditions or restriction.

Wayne Dube, 34, Harrington, unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs.

Micheal E. Roeber, 35, Harrington, two counts of unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs.

Jamie L. Smith, 32, Addison, two counts of unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs.

Timothy E. Holloway, 25, Steuben, criminal OUI and operating beyond license conditions or restriction.

Jonathan L. Johnson, 27, Addison, burglary and criminal mischief.

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