POLICE BEAT

Limington man facing burglary charge

Posted Jan. 13, 2012, at 4:43 p.m.
Brian Thomas Mulkern
Brian Thomas Mulkern
Jesse Westerman
Jesse Westerman

LIMINGTON, Maine — Two men are behind bars Friday in the wake of a York County burglary that occurred on Thursday, according to police.

York County sheriff’s deputies had received a report around 1 p.m. Thursday about a suspicious man in a backyard in Limington, Maj. William King said in a news release.

King said the man had left the area by the time deputies arrived. A subsequent search turned up fresh footprints in the snow at a Boothby Road residence.

A deputy eventually found the man, Brian Thomas Mulkern, 31, of Limington, King said. Mulkern initially denied being in the caller’s backyard and claimed to have been at his residence. Mulkern produced an alibi witness, Jesse Westerman, 30, to verify his whereabouts.

When authorities questioned Westerman, they discovered he had outstanding warrants for criminal mischief, operating a motor vehicle after suspension and carrying a concealed weapon and arrested him on all three counts.

After Westerman was taken to jail, the Boothby Road home’s owner returned to the residence and confirmed to police that somebody had entered his residence and stolen a plastic jug containing approximately $100 in loose change.

Mulkern was arrested and charged with Class B burglary. He is being held at the York County Jail, with his bail set at $10,000.

Westerman had a court appearance at 1 p.m. Friday. but the results of that court appearance were not immediately available.

Mulkern faces up to 10 years in jail if convicted of the Class B burglary charge.

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