Two accused of trying to steal drugs from senior citizens

Posted Dec. 15, 2011, at 10:13 p.m.

OLD TOWN, Maine — Two men were arrested late last week after they were found at a senior citizen housing complex allegedly in search of drugs.

“They thought they were in a nursing home and were hoping to steal drugs,” specifically Suboxone, a drug used to treat addiction to opiates, Old Town police Sgt. Michael Hashey said of Joseph Boivin, 21, of Old Town and Perry Newell, also 21, of Bangor.

The two were arrested on charges of burglary and attempted theft shortly after 11 p.m. last Friday after Old Town police officers were called to Marsh Island Apartments to check out a report that two men were on the back porch trying to get in, which they apparently did, Hashey said.

He said a woman who lives on the third floor told officers that she was in her apartment when two men matching the suspects’ descriptions entered through an unlocked door.

Based on what officers learned during the subsequent investigation, they believe that the plan the two came up with involved trying the doors of various apartments. The idea was to try to enter the unoccupied ones and claim to be at the wrong address when someone answered the doors, Hashey said.

When police arrived, they found Boivin outside huddled behind a fence, apparently playing the role of lookout, Hashey said. He said when confronted, Boivin said he was waiting for his friend, who was inside the building.

Shortly afterward, Newell emerged from the building, Hashey said. After seeing the police outside, Newell reportedly bolted, leading officers on a brief foot chase around the building.

He was captured on nearby Water Street, where he reportedly refused to sign a summons, racking up an additional charge.

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