Two County men charged in Wade burglary

Posted Aug. 22, 2011, at 2:29 p.m.

WADE, Maine — Maine State Police have charged two men in connection with a burglary at a Wade potato farm.

Sgt. Brian Harris said charges stemmed from the theft of material from Aaron Turner Potato Farm on Aug. 18.

Farm employees told Trooper Shawn Whalen that someone had gained entry to the potato house, cut several electrical cords off machinery at the shop and made off with the cords, Harris said. Also reported missing were several electrical extension cords that had been hanging on the walls.

Harris said the cords were valued at $8,000.

Whalen found out during his investigation that a large amount of electrical copper had been sold to a local metal recycling firm as scrap.

That information led Whalen to charge Josh Doody, 21, of Washburn and Matthew Tardie, 21, of Ashland with burglary, felony theft and criminal mischief.

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