Burglary of Moosehead Junction Township business under investigation

Posted June 28, 2011, at 6:22 p.m.

MOOSEHEAD JUNCTION TOWNSHIP, Maine — Someone burglarized the showroom of Moosehead Motor Sports on Sunday night in this Unorganized Territory community near Greenville, a sheriff’s investigator said Tuesday.

Police believe the break-in occurred around 10:30 p.m. because a business computer was tampered with at that time, according to Investigator Guy Dow of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department. He said entry was gained when a back garage door was kicked in.

While inside, the burglar ransacked the showroom and stole several snowmobile and motocross helmets, Ski-Doo and Can-Am brand clothing, a Yamaha six-horsepower outboard motor and gasoline, Dow said.

From evidence left behind, Dow said he concluded that an all-terrain vehicle was used in the burglary. He followed the ATV tracks to a camp in the region that also had been broken into. A sleeping bag, a chain saw and a radio were reported missing from the camp. The camp owner, however, found the chain saw in a ditch and the radio in the road, both of which apparently had fallen off the ATV, Dow noted.

Dow said the ATV used in the burglary also could have been stolen.

DNA evidence was removed from the scene and will be processed at the Maine State Police Crime Laboratory, according to Dow.

Dow said police received information Tuesday about a man who was staying in Canada Falls who may have been connected to the burglary. While Dow and the Maine State Police were en route to check on William Wheelock, 20, Greenville police found him in Greenville and arrested him for refusing to submit to arrest or detention, Greenville Police Chief Jeff Pomerleau said Tuesday. Wheelock, who was wanted on outstanding warrants and was on foot, reportedly was pepper-sprayed because he refused to stop for police.

Dow said Wheelock allegedly had some clothing that had been stolen from Moosehead Motor Sports in his duffel bag. The clothing still had the store’s tags on them. He has not yet been charged in connection with the break-in, Dow said.

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