Four Caribou residents charged in American Legion burglary

Posted July 20, 2011, at 10:49 p.m.
Last modified July 21, 2011, at 12:21 p.m.

STOCKHOLM, Maine — Three adults and a juvenile were arrested late Wednesday afternoon in connection with a burglary at the Stockholm American Legion Post earlier this week.

State Police Sgt. Brian Harris said Wednesday evening that the Caribou residents were apprehended after officers converged on a mobile home park on Route 89 in Caribou. Three of the four fled in an attempt to elude police, but were soon apprehended.

Trooper Shawn Whalen responded to a burglary report on Monday at the Main Street Legion hall. Police initially held back information on what kind of damage was done to the building and about the items that were taken, but Harris said Wednesday night that extensive damage was caused inside the building and that a large amount of alcohol was stolen along with eight ceremonial rifles.

Whalen arrested Steven Selander, 20, of Caribou, Daniel Ouellette, 18, of Caribou, Daniel Ferranti, 21, of Caribou and a 17 year old male juvenile. The arrests came after two days of steady investigation and interviews by Whalen. He obtained information Wednesday afternoon that the four were in a mobile home park on Route 89.

Troopers, with the assistance of Maine Warden Service, State Fire Marshalls Office, Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department, Caribou Police Department and U.S. Border Patrol, converged on the park to locate the individuals. The 17- year-old juvenile attempted to flee and was quickly apprehended, according to Harris.

Two of the other suspects, Ferranti and Ouellette, fled the park into a wooded area and a canine team from the Sheriff’s Department and another canine team from the Border Patrol tracked the two individuals. Ferranti and Ouellette were located a short time later in a field on the east side of Route 89 and were apprehended without further incident.

All four individuals were later taken to the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton and were charged with burglary, theft, theft of firearms and criminal mischief. Some of the stolen alcohol has been recovered but the firearms have not been recovered as of this time.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about the burglary is urged to call the Maine State Police in Houlton at 532-5400 or 1-800-924-2261.

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