Stolen TV ‘sales team’ arrested in Freeport

Posted April 21, 2011, at 2:05 p.m.
Last modified April 21, 2011, at 2:21 p.m.

BRUNSWICK, Maine — Two Lincoln Street residents were arrested in Freeport on Wednesday morning after police arranged to meet with them ostensibly to purchase televisions and other appliances stolen Monday night from Agren Appliances on Maine Street in Brunswick.

Officers then arrested Lisa Marie Hinerman, 25, and Kevin Basford, 34, both of 8 Lincoln St., Apt. 4, in the parking lot near Shaw’s supermarket just after 9:15 a.m.

Acting on a tip, police found the televisions advertised online and contacted the sellers, Brunswick Police Cmdr. Marc Hagan said today. Detectives then met Hinerman and Basford in the parking lot and discovered two of the stolen televisions in their vehicle.

Basford was initially arrested on charges of violation of a protective order Hinerman had taken out against him, and for possession of a usable amount of marijuana, Hagan said. Other charges have not been finalized.

Hinerman was charged with two counts of theft by receiving, possession of a usable amount of marijuana, use of a motor vehicle after habitual offender revocation and attaching false license plates.

Police also charged her with theft by unauthorized use of property because the Nissan Maxima she was driving when detectives met the couple on Wednesday was reportedly stolen, Hagan said.

The car was stolen in March from Elite Auto in Lewiston, and another man, Darren Craver, was arrested for that theft, Hagan said. However, the car was never recovered.

Hagan said that after Hinerman was charged, she took police to her other apartment in Portland, where they allegedly recovered another television and a microwave oven stolen from Agren. She also took them to a Portland pawn shop, where they found another TV stolen from Agren, and then to the couple’s apartment on Lincoln Street, where they found the last television.

The burglary of Agren remains under investigation, Hagan said. Hinerman and Basford were taken to Cumberland County Jail in Portland, and were held for a felony intake today.

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