ELLSWORTH, Maine — A local teenager is facing criminal charges after he allegedly broke into his neighbor’s house and stole several thousand dollars worth of household items, according to police.
Andrew Elsner, 19, of Nicolin Road is accused of entering a neighbor’s house the night of April 22 or early April 23 and taking “a large number” of items, including silverware, a big-screen television and golf clubs, according to Ellsworth police.
Officer Amie Torrey said Friday that the owner has been out of state. Painters who arrived at the house the morning of April 23 discovered the burglary and alerted police, she said. The estimated value of the items removed from the house is about $3,000, she said.
“Everything we know that was stolen has been recovered,” Torrey said.
Police believe that Elsner took some of the items back to his nearby house and stored them in his garage. He is accused of stashing other items outside the burglarized home so he could come back and get them later, Torrey said.
Elsner is scheduled to appear June 23 in Ellsworth District Court to answer to the charges, police said.
Elsner was not arrested but has been summoned on charges of burglary and theft, the officer said. He did not forcibly break into the home but allegedly unscrewed the hinge on a window to gain entry and so has not been charged with criminal mischief, Torrey said.