POLICE BEAT

5 teens charged with burglary in Searsport

Posted June 14, 2011, at 7 p.m.
Brooke Lindelof
Waldo County Jail
Brooke Lindelof
Zachary Kelley
Waldo County Jail
Zachary Kelley

SEARSPORT, Maine — Police have arrested five teenagers accused of breaking into a Steamboat Avenue home over the weekend, ransacking it and stealing items that include prescription drugs and a gun.

The teens are suspected of having broken into the house with a credit card sometime late Saturday night or early Sunday morning. No one was home at the time, said Searsport Police Chief Richard LaHaye, adding that the homeowners discovered the break-in on Sunday.

“The house was an absolute mess,” LaHaye said Tuesday. “They had gone through things. they took jewelry, they took drugs, they took a gun that was later recovered. They took coins and money.”

Four officers worked together to determine exactly what had been taken and to figure out who had been involved in the burglary. Officers Brian Lunt and Eric Bonney of the Searsport Police Department were assisted by Deputy Darrin Moody and Detective Merl Reed of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office.

“There was some fine work that went on between all of them,” LaHaye said.

Two of the teens arrested on charges of Class B burglary, theft and theft of drugs are Brooke Lindelof, 19, and Zachary Kelley, 19, both of Searsport. The other three were minors and not identified.

They were all released to the custody of their parents after the arrests, but as of Tuesday afternoon, Lindelof and two of the juveniles had been re-arrested for violating bail conditions.

“Part of the bail conditions were to have no contact with each other,” LaHaye said. “We were contacted that they were communicating.”

Some stolen goods were found at the teens’ homes. Police also were alerted Monday that they had gone to a store and tried to trade some stolen collectors coins for cash.

The burglary is still under investigation and police are continuing to recover more of the stolen items.

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