Police say Waterville man climbed onto roof to rob Goodwill

Posted Feb. 23, 2012, at 1:07 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 23, 2012, at 2:51 p.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — A three-month investigation of a burglary has concluded with the arrest of a local man after DNA testing led police to the suspect.

Damien Fellows of Waterville was arrested on Wednesday in connection with a Dec. 4 burglary at a Goodwill store in the city, Police Chief Joseph Massey told the Bangor Daily News Thursday.

Massey said that Fellows climbed onto the store’s roof, pulled off a small vent and stole some computer equipment. Police found several clues at the scene, including a cigarette butt and footprints on the roof.

“They found another cigarette butt in an employee area where there’s no smoking,” Massey said.

The cigarette butts were sent to the department’s crime lab for DNA testing.

Detective Chris Paradis began searching for Fellows after the tests came back Feb. 6. Additional tests matched Fellows’ footprints to those at the scene, and he was arrested and charged with burglary, unauthorized taking and criminal mischief.

“It was a pretty good piece of police work,” Massey said. “It took [Paradis] a lot of time and legwork trying to track this guy down.”

The criminal mischief charge stems from the damage Fellows caused in breaking into the store.

Massey said the items the suspect took have not been recovered.

“We’re still working on that,” Massey said.

Fellows was taken to the Kennebec County Jail and later released on bail. He is scheduled to appear in superior court on April 24.

If convicted of the Class C felony burglary charge, Fellows could spend up to five years behind bars.

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