Local man, woman arrested in Rockland school break-in

Posted Aug. 08, 2011, at 6:34 p.m.
Bryan Ross, 25, of Owls Head.
Photo courtesy of Knox County Jail
Bryan Ross, 25, of Owls Head.
Amy Allender, 18, of Rockland.
Photo courtesy of Knox County Jail
Amy Allender, 18, of Rockland.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A man and woman high on drugs tried to steal water survival suits, radios, flares and a computer system from a local school this weekend, according to local police.

Bryan Ross, 25, of Owls Head and Amy Allender, 18, of Rockland were arrested Saturday and both charged with theft and burglary.

The two broke in through a door, which was damaged, at the Midcoast School of Technology around 11:40 a.m. Aug. 6, according to police. The break-in triggered the school’s alarm system, which alerted police.

When Rockland Police detective Russ Thompson arrived he found that the two had left a trail through the building. The detective followed it and found Allender behind the school with a pile of the stolen items. Ross had apparently run off on-foot through the woods, according to Rockland Police Deputy Chief Wally Tower.

Thompson called for a K-9 unit from Maine State Police, but he and other responding police officers from Knox County Sheriff’s office found Ross before the dogs arrived.

Police said the two suspects were high on drugs, but would not identify on Monday what kind.

Ross was brought to Knox County Jail where he was awaiting $1,500 cash bail on Monday. Allender was also at the jail awaiting $300 cash bail.

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