UMaine student charged with breaking into cars on campus

Posted Oct. 24, 2011, at 5:39 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — A University of Maine student was linked to half a dozen car burglaries recently reported to police and was charged Monday with felony receiving stolen property because the items stolen are valued at more than $1,000, Joe Carr, university spokesman said.

“All the property was recovered,” he said.

Justin Carey, 21, was found with a stolen television, handheld electronic devices, including an iPod, clothing, cameras and GPS navigators, Carr said. Loose change taken from the vehicles, valued at less than $100, was not recovered, he said.

The items were reported stolen from vehicles parked around Aroostook and York halls between Oct. 14 and 17, Carr said.

Carey, who lives in York Hall, was arrested and charged with five counts of burglary to a motor vehicle, violating his conditions of release, and for the felony receiving stolen property. He was taken to Penobscot County Jail in Bangor, where he remained Monday afternoon, a jail official said.

Carey did not break windows to get into the vehicles, he simply opened the unlocked doors, Carr said, adding, “It’s always important to lock vehicles in campus parking lots.”