Corinth, Exeter teens accused of breaking into garage, stealing tools

Posted Dec. 07, 2011, at 4:52 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 07, 2011, at 6:15 p.m.

CORINTH, Maine — Two local teenagers have been arrested and charged with breaking into a local garage and taking tools valued in the thousands of dollars, Detective Bill Flagg of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.

Travis Adams, a transient who has been staying in Corinth, and Michael Hames of Exeter, both 19, have been charged with felony burglary in connection to the garage break-in, which occurred last month, the detective said.

“Between $3,000 and $5,000 in … power and hand tools were taken,” Flagg said. “The majority of the items taken, approximately 50 items, were recovered” when Adams was arrested.

Adams was arrested Nov. 29 and Hames on Tuesday night in Corinth, the detective said.

Adams also was charged with felony theft by unauthorized taking, and Hames was wanted on an outstanding warrant from Somerset County for failure to appear, Flagg said.

Adams and Hames both face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 if convicted of the felony burglary charges against them. Both were taken to the Penobscot County Jail in Bangor. Hames remained in jail on Wednesday afternoon, a jail official said.

Police do not believe that Adams and Hames are tied to a dozen other business burglaries that recently have been reported in and around the Old Town area, Flagg said. The Sheriff’s Department, Old Town police and other law enforcement agencies are sharing information and working together on that investigation, he said.

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