Posted April 04, 2011, at 3:03 p.m.
HAMPDEN, Maine — A neighbor of a 20-year-old local man who has a criminal record returned home Sunday to find the apartment had been ransacked and asked police to question the man about the burglary, Hampden Police Chief Joe Rogers said Monday.
Officer William Miller did just that and Randall Cressey, 20, who also has lived in Great Pond and Kenduskeag in the past year, admitted to entering his neighbor’s apartment on Western Avenue and stealing items, the police chief said.
The burglary was reported at around 3:45 p.m.
Cressey was indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury in March on two counts of burglary, three counts of theft by unauthorized taking and two counts of failure to appear, and was wanted on two associated outstanding warrants, Rogers said.
Cressey was arrested and charged with felony burglary and theft by unauthorized taking in connection to the break-in Sunday at his neighbor’s apartment and was taken to the Penobscot County Jail.
Since February 2010, Cressey has been convicted of the sale and use of drug paraphernalia, minor transporting liquor, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, criminal mischief, and the possession of marijuana, according to prior court listings printed in the Bangor Daily News.
If convicted of felony burglary, Cressey could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.