OLD TOWN, Maine — Two men, one a local transient and one who lives in town, were both charged recently with felony burglary after they were caught hanging out in the basement of an apartment complex on Main Street with stolen items, Old Town police Officer Ryan Fitch said Sunday.
After interviewing residents of the multi-unit apartment building, officers determined that John Taylor, 19, a transient, and Anthony Patricelli, 18, of Old Town were using an unused storage unit in the basement of the building, and had collected “numerous items that belonged” to a tenant of the building, the officer said.
“It appears as though someone had been unlawfully staying in the storage unit without the knowledge of the building owners,” Fitch said.
Police were called to the apartment building at around 8 p.m. on Feb. 24 for a burglary in progress and Sgt. Mike Hashey and Officers Mike Holmes, James Slauenwhite and Fitch converged on the apartment building.
Taylor took off running but was quickly caught by Fitch, and Patricelli was found inside the building.
Patricelli and Taylor were both arrested and charged with felony burglary, which carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000 if convicted, as well as criminal trespassing and theft. They were both taken to Penobscot County Jail in Bangor and have since been released, a jail official said.