Two juveniles accused in burglaries; Presque Isle police probe vandalism spree

Posted May 17, 2011, at 2:29 p.m.
Last modified May 17, 2011, at 6:06 p.m.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A recent rash of vandalism in the city has resulted in the theft or damage of close to $1,000 worth of property, Sgt. Mark Barnes of the Presque Isle Police Department said Tuesday.

While officers nabbed two juveniles in connection with some car burglaries over the weekend, they are seeking the public’s help to identify whoever slashed tires on a pickup truck owned by a Hardy Street resident on Sunday evening or early Monday morning.

Barnes said Tuesday that an unknown person or persons slashed four tires on the truck, which was parked in the victim’s yard on Hardy Street.

The damage is estimated at $860, according to Barnes. The case is being investigated by Officer Brian McQuarrie.

It was the only such incident reported that evening, so police are not sure if it was a random act or if the perpetrators were targeting the individual or other family members.

On Saturday, two male juveniles, ages 14 and 15, were charged with burglarizing cars in the downtown and surrounding area.

According to Barnes, an individual who was sitting in the parking lot of The Pizza Box on Main Street saw two youths walking around checking door handles.

He called police and gave them a description.

Police found one of the boys in the area, but the other male ran off.

The youth who was questioned allegedly admitted to the crime and gave officers the name of his accomplice. The second youth was charged a short time later.

The youths had stolen an MP3 player, which was valued at approximately $100, and other items.

If anyone has information on the tire-slashing incident, contact the department at 764-4476.

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