POLICE BEAT

Two arrested after Monroe neighbor alerts police to possible burglary

Posted March 29, 2011, at 12:46 p.m.
Last modified March 29, 2011, at 11:25 p.m.
Justin Burbee
PHOTO COURTESY OF WALDO COUNTY JAIL
Justin Burbee
Allen Funderburk
PHOTO COURTESY OF WALDO COUNTY JAIL
Allen Funderburk
John Hines
PHOTO COURTESY OF WALDO COUNTY JAIL
John Hines

MONROE, Maine — After a sharp-eyed neighbor alerted police to a possible burglary at a vacant home last week, two men from Newburgh were arrested.

Allen Funderburk, 24, and Justin R. Burbee, 21, allegedly had entered the building through the backdoor on March 24 when the neighbor caught sight of them and called the authorities with the license plate number of their vehicle, according to Chief Deputy Robert Keating of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office.

The house had been previously burglarized earlier in the year, Keating said. Two deputies responded, with one going to the vacant home and another going to the Newburgh residence that came up when police ran the license plate.

Nobody was at the Monroe home when Deputy Gerry Lincoln arrived there, but he began looking for evidence of a break-in.

Meanwhile, Deputy James Porter, who went to the Newburgh residence, observed the same vehicle that had reportedly been at the Monroe home. Porter approached Funderburk and asked him if he had been in Monroe.

The suspect said he had, and that he and Burbee had been there together looking for scrap metal, Keating recounted.

The deputy allegedly caught sight of a computer tower in the backseat of the vehicle, and asked about it. Funderburk said that they had found it in a ditch.

In Monroe, evidence at the scene obtained by Deputy Gerry Lincoln showed that two people had entered the home, Keating said. The footwear patterns of Funderburk and Burbee matched the footprints seen at the residence, he said. Also, the owner of the home told police that there had been a computer tower on the porch of the property.

“We definitely were able to link the computer tower to the property,” Keating said.

Funderburk and Burbee both were charged with one count of burglary and one count of theft.

The men were booked and taken to Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset, where they remained Tuesday morning, according to Keating.

Detective Matt Curtis and Deputy Noel Santiago of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department also assisted.

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