AUGUSTA, Maine — Five boys, ranging in age from 12 to 15, were charged this week by the Maine State Police with multiple counts of burglary, theft and criminal mischief at seasonal residences in Belgrade, Rome and Mount Vernon.
The quintet allegedly rode to and from the properties on their bicycles.
Their names have not been released.
The 25 break-ins took place at seasonal residences and homes along Messalonskee Lake and Great Pond, according to Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the state police. Jewelry, money and household items including a .22-caliber rifle, knives, binoculars and cameras were stolen.
Much of the property, including the gun, has been returned to the owners, according to McCausland, but all of the money and most of the jewelry still are missing.
The boys, who are from Belgrade, Rome, Sidney and Winslow, have been released into the custody of their parents, he said.