HOULTON, Maine — Four people have been charged in connection with the burglary of a Green Street adult residential care facility.
Houlton Police Chief Butch Asselin said the incident at Graymoor Manor took place in the early morning hours of Aug. 30 after the owners called the department to report that somebody entered the facility and took a 200-pound floor safe from a hallway.
Asselin said it appeared that the safe had been dragged through grass from the property to a spot behind a residence at nearby 4 Chandler St., where someone apparently tried to break open the safe.
Police obtained permission from the homeowner, who is the mother of one of the individuals who was charged, to conduct a search of the property. One room inside the home was padlocked, so police left to obtain a search warrant in order to comply with constitutional rights regarding search and seizure.
They also canvassed the neighborhood and identified one neighbor who saw a lone male pushing a very large object from behind a Green Street garage and across a lawn. The witness provided a description of the individual involved.
Officers Stephen Nason and Ezekiel Collins later found Ryan Nason, 22, of Houlton on Military Street. Asselin said that Nason took off running when he saw the police cruiser, but soon was caught. He was arrested and charged with burglary, theft, criminal mischief and violation of condition of release stemming from his arrest in another incident. Police said shoe prints found at Graymoor match shoes that Nason was wearing on the night of the burglary.
When police executed the search warrant at the 4 Chandler St. residence, they recovered the safe stolen from Graymoor Manor. Asselin said that a portion of the safe’s door had been peeled back and some of the contents were removed. Police also seized a marijuana plant that was approximately 3 feet tall. Some of the cash and medications stolen from Graymoor also were recovered.
Also summoned by police for receiving stolen property in connection with the incident were Earl Little, 21, of Houlton; Leonard Devoe, 43, of Houlton; and Miranda McClure, 27, of New Limerick. In addition, Little was summoned for possession of a schedule Z drug.