May 23, 2018
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Former Presque Isle firefighter charged with arson arrested on theft charge

Photo courtesy of the Caribou Police Department
Photo courtesy of the Caribou Police Department
Timothy MacFarline
By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

CARIBOU, Maine — A former Easton resident who lost his job as a Presque Isle firefighter after he was charged with arson in 2009 has been arrested in connection with the theft of approximately $95,000 from a Caribou residence.

Caribou Police Chief Michael Gahagan announced news of the arrest of Timothy MacFarline, 25, of Easton on Friday evening. His 25-year-old wife, Crystal MacFarline, also has been charged in connection with the incident.

The arrests came after a 3½-month investigation, according to Gahagan.

Caribou police Officer Craig Peterson said Timothy MacFarline had access to the residence where police say between $90,000 and $95,000 was stolen from 2010 to the present.

MacFarline has been charged with theft by unauthorized taking, a Class B felony; theft by receiving stolen property, also a Class B felony; and violation of conditional release.

As part of the conditions of his release on the arson charge, MacFarline was ordered not to engage in new criminal conduct.

The arson charge came just two days after a blaze that flattened Northeast Packaging Co.’s Presque Isle warehouse on Nov. 13, 2009. Not only was MacFarline a member of the Presque Isle Fire Department’s 33-person call staff, he also worked at the facility.

An Aroostook County grand jury indicted him in January 2010. He pleaded guilty in October 2010 and is awaiting sentencing in Aroostook County Superior Court.

MacFarline was arrested in that case after a joint investigation by members of the Presque Isle Fire Department, Presque Isle Police Department, Maine State Police and the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Crystal MacFarline has been charged with theft, a Class B felony, has been released and is scheduled to be arraigned July 21.

Timothy MacFarline’s bail on the new charge of theft was set at $5,000 cash or $50,000 single surety. MacFarline was being held at the Caribou Police Department as of 5 p.m. Friday. No court date had been set.

Peterson was the primary investigator, and was assisted with the arrest by State Police Trooper Kim Espling and additional state police officers.

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