TROY, Maine — When local residents arrived home late Wednesday night, they found a suspicious vehicle parked in the driveway of their Ward Hill Road property and decided to call the police.
It was a good thing they did, according to Lt. Jason Trundy of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office. Law enforcement officials who came to investigate the call caught two men in the act of stealing copper piping, he said. And a Maine State Police trooper was able to catch a third suspect who was driving away. All three were arrested and taken to Waldo County Jail, where they were booked.
“It’s a rarity for somebody to come home and actually catch the people there,” Trundy said Thursday. “It was just lucky we had everybody in the right place at the right time.”
After the homeowners made the call to police, they parked a short distance down the road and watched their house while waiting for officials to arrive, police said in a press release. They saw the strange vehicle leave their driveway and also reported that to police.
Trooper Doug Franklin of the Maine State Police was able to find and nab Dean Spaulding, 33, of Troy, who had been driving away, according to the police report.
Meanwhile, Waldo County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Dale Brown went to the home and detained Daniel Flood, 37, of Brooks and David Seekins, 36, of Winslow the report said.
Trundy said that as metal prices have risen, so have incidences of burglary and metal theft across the state.
“People are stealing any piece of scrap metal they can find,” he said.
All three men were charged with Class B burglary, a crime which is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. They also were charged with class D theft, which is punishable by up to 364 days incarceration and a $2,000 fine.
Additionally, Spaulding was charged with violations of conditions of release and trespass by motor vehicle.
Police said the investigation is still ongoing and more charges are likely.