HOULTON, Maine — A Knox man was hit with several charges early Monday morning after he was reportedly found attempting to break into vehicles in Market Square.
Houlton Police Chief Butch Asselin said on Tuesday that the incident that led to the arrest of Joshua Locke, 22, happened just before 7 a.m.
A resident came into the police department that morning to report he had seen a male individual attempting to get into vehicles near Sadie’s Bakery in Market Square. When Officer Richard York arrived on scene, according to Asselin, he observed a male subject wearing a red hooded sweatshirt looking into a Subaru on Main Street. York also watched the man try to open the vehicle with a hand that was wrapped within the sweatshirt to avoid leaving fingerprints.
York stopped the individual and identified him as Locke. York noticed several items in the pocket of the sweatshirt, including an iPod, loose and rolled change, a GPS device, a laser pointer, binoculars, a wrench, a tool set, an American Eagle Rewards Card and a power inverter.
Locke also had marijuana, a pipe, a 100 milligram tablet of doxycycline and 0.5 milligrams of lorazapam. Locke claimed that all of the items were his. The owner of the iPod, however, was subsequently identified and located.
Locke was charged with burglary of a motor vehicle, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, illegal possession of a scheduled Z drug, sale or use of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana.
He will appear in court in early August.
Houlton police are asking anyone who is missing items from a vehicle parked in the area to contact them at 532-2287. The matter remains under investigation.
Asselin reminds all vehicle owners to always remove their keys and to lock the vehicle whenever leaving it unattended.