Two arrested in Pittsfield burglary spree

Andrew Webber
Somerset County Jail
Andrew Webber
Posted June 15, 2011, at 4:22 p.m.

PITTSFIELD, Maine — Pittsfield police have arrested two people who they say are responsible for numerous burglaries and thefts in Pittsfield over the past couple of weeks.

Andrew Webber, 24, and a 17-year-old girl, who live together at 234 Stinson Ave., were arrested at about 6 p.m. Tuesday after a search warrant was executed at their residence, said Pittsfield Police Chief Steve Emery. Police found numerous items that have been reported stolen over the past two weeks.

“It was practically a truckload of stolen stuff,” said Emery. The recovered items included desktop and laptop computers, GPS devices, cameras and other electronics. Also recovered were numerous CDs and a range of other miscellaneous items.

Some of the recovered items were taken from Maine Central Institute’s Founder’s Hall last week. Emery said Webber and the girl, who isn’t being identified because she is a juvenile, are also accused of burglarizing Frost’s Mobile and Oxus Environmental, both of which are businesses located in the Pittsfield Industrial Park; residences on Raymond and Somerset Avenues; and at least a dozen vehicles.

Though the investigation is continuing with the assistance of the Somerset County District Attorney’s Office, Webber has been initially charged with theft by unauthorized taking, six counts of burglaries to buildings and 12 counts of motor vehicle burglaries. The female juvenile is facing similar burglary and theft charges as well as one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Emery said she stole a vehicle during the weekend of June 4; the vehicle has been recovered and returned to its owner.

Also stolen from one of the burglarized residences was a bottle of prescription pills, which Emery said was found in the suspects’ residence with the prescribed person’s name still on it. Emery said he suspected that the couple’s motive for the thefts was to feed a drug habit.

“We found some needles and unidentified drugs in their residence,” said Emery. “We’ve had problems with these two before.”

Emery said tips from area residents and other evidence that has been collected recently led to Tuesday’s search warrant. Both suspects were still being held in the Somerset County Jail at midday Wednesday. Their court dates have not been scheduled.

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