June 25, 2018
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Brunswick man accused of serial pickup thefts arrested after ‘wild’ drive

By Beth Brogan, Times Record

BATH, Maine — A 23-year-old Brunswick man was arrested in Bath on Sunday night after police say he stole a pickup truck and drove “wildly” through the city.

Matthew S. Gaspar, 23, of Brunswick, was also arrested Aug. 8 in Bath for allegedly stealing a car from Phippsburg, and Brunswick police confirmed today that he is a suspect in a third, similar incident.

Gaspar remains at Two Bridges Regional Jail, charged by Bath police with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, driving to endanger and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.

At 9:16 p.m. Sunday, Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Shiers reported to Bath police that a maroon truck was headed over the Sagadahoc Bridge into Bath at a high rate of speed, according to Bath Police Chief Michael Field. Shiers followed the truck and several Bath police officers joined in an effort to locate it after the truck turned onto Congress Avenue. The truck was then observed leaving the Bath Shopping Center, allegedly at a high rate of speed.

Police tracked the truck to Lark Street, where additional witnesses reported seeing it traveling at high speeds. Officers recovered the vehicle on Central Avenue.

Bath police Officer Michelle Small and her canine, Keylo — with assistance of a witness — tracked Gaspar to an unidentified apartment on Central Avenue, Bath Police Lt. Stan Cielinski said today. Police arrested Gaspar there.

Officers checked the license plates and vehicle identification number on the 2004 Chevrolet pickup truck and discovered that the vehicle had been stolen from 8 Franklin Parkway in Brunswick, although the license plates — also stolen — were from Pennsylvania.

According to Cielinski, police also arrested Gaspar on Aug. 8 in Bath. Officers charged him with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, operating after license suspension and on an outstanding warrant after he was spotted on Congress Avenue in a Chevrolet pickup truck that had been reported stolen from Phippsburg.

Gaspar allegedly jumped from the truck while it was stopped in traffic on Congress Avenue, according to Cielinski, and Bath police Sgt. Jeff Shiers apprehended him.

Deputy Chief Marc Hagan of the Brunswick Police Department confirmed that Gaspar is a suspect in an unidentified motor vehicle theft in Brunswick. Hagan declined to comment further on that case.

Gaspar remains at Two Bridges Regional Jail on $2,500 bail. He is scheduled to appear in West Bath District Court on Oct. 4.

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