Accused arsonist, wife indicted on theft charges by Aroostook County grand jury

Timothy MacFarline
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Timothy MacFarline
Posted July 08, 2011, at 6:16 p.m.
Last modified July 08, 2011, at 9:15 p.m.

CARIBOU, Maine — An Easton resident who lost his job as a Presque Isle firefighter after he was charged with arson in 2009 was indicted by the Aroostook County grand jury on Friday in connection with the theft of approximately $95,000 from a Caribou residence.

Timothy MacFarline, 25, of Easton, was indicted on charges of theft, receiving stolen property and violation of conditions of release. His 25-year-old wife, Crystal MacFarline, also was indicted on one count of theft in connection with the incident.

Aroostook County District Attorney Todd Collins said Friday that the grand jury wrapped up its third session of the year hours earlier, handing up 52 indictments against 49 individuals.

Charges against the couple came after a 3½-month investigation by the Caribou Police Department, according to Chief Mike Gahagan.

Police said Timothy MacFarline had access to the residence where police say between $90,000 and $95,000 was stolen from 2010 to this past spring. He was arrested in early May.

The theft and receiving stolen property charges are Class B felonies punishable by up to 10 years in prison and up to a $20,000 fine.

The violation of conditional release indictment stems from the fact that as part of his bail requirements on the arson charge MacFarline was ordered not to engage in new criminal conduct.

Timothy MacFarline was charged with arson just two days after flames 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.

The grand jury indicted him on that charge in January 2010. He pleaded guilty in October 2010 and still awaits 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 also has been indicted on a Class B felony.

Both have been released from jail and are scheduled to be arraigned in Aroostook County Superior Court in Caribou on July 21.

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