Unity College students busted for allegedly stealing street signs

Posted Oct. 03, 2011, at 8:29 p.m.

UNITY, Maine — Four Unity College students who allegedly had been stealing street signs were caught by police early Sunday morning after a resident complained of people acting suspiciously on Depot Street.

When Waldo County Sheriff’s Office officials who responded to the 1:40 a.m. call began looking around the area, they noticed some people “messing with” the sign in front of Spanky’s Pizza, according to Chief Deputy Bob Keating.

Police followed them to a Thorndike Road residence and spoke with the four young people inside. Waldo County Sheriff’s Office deputies Jordan Tozier and Nick Oettinger and Sgt. Dale Brown all eventually responded to the call.

Benjamin H. Holt, 19, of Skowhegan, who was renting the apartment, denied having left his home at all that night, but evidence showed otherwise, according to the police report. That evidence included a stop sign and two no parking signs which were in the house, Keating said.

Police said they also found several marijuana plants growing inside.

Holt was arrested at a little after 3 a.m. and charged with theft by receiving stolen property, criminal mischief and sale and use of drug paraphernalia. He was taken to Waldo County Jail to be booked.

Zachary Monroe, 19, of Hope, was issued a summons for criminal mischief, as was Leeann R. Reid, 20, of Kittery. Gradey W. Michonski, 19, of Norridgewock was issued a summons for criminal mischief and a summons for the sale and use of drug paraphernalia.

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