CARIBOU, Maine — Individuals charged in connection with two separate burglaries in Aroostook County over the summer were indicted by the grand jury Friday.
The grand jury indicted Clayton C. Michaud, 20, of Presque Isle, on five counts of burglary, five counts of theft, theft of services, criminal mischief and aggravated criminal mischief stemming from separate burglaries in Stockholm and Mars Hill in early August.
State police responded to the Brigade, a Christian retreat in Stockholm, on Aug. 9, after receiving a call there was possibly a stolen ATV on the property and that suspicious activity had taken place there.
Police arrived at the scene and recovered a 2009 Yamaha Rhino hidden behind buildings. The investigators also recovered various other articles at the site that had reportedly been taken during a burglary earlier in the week in Mars Hill.
Michaud and Jay D. Whitmore, 19, who is listed as homeless, were later apprehended leaving the area. Whitmore was indicted on five counts of burglary, five counts of theft, theft of services, two counts of criminal mischief and one count of aggravated criminal mischief. The men also reportedly stole a 2002 Honda Foreman all terrain vehicle from the Big Rock Ski Area in Mars Hill.
In an unrelated case, Ryan R. Nason, 22, of Smyrna, also was indicted Friday in connection with the burglary of a Green Street adult residential care facility in September. He was indicted on charges of burglary, two counts of theft and two counts of violation of bail.
The Houlton Police Department investigated the Aug. 30 incident at Graymoor Manor after the owners reported that somebody entered the facility and took a 200-pound floor safe from a hallway. Police determined that the safe had been dragged from the property through grass to a spot behind a residence on Chandler Street, where someone apparently tried to break open the safe.
After an investigation, police found Nason on Military Street. He fled on foot but was soon caught. Police said shoe prints found at Graymoor matched shoes that Nason was wearing. Police recovered the stolen safe as well as some of the cash and medications stolen from Graymoor.
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.