Police arrest six in South Bristol metal theft

Posted April 13, 2012, at 3:25 p.m.

SOUTH BRISTOL, Maine — The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reportedly scored a big bust this week when they arrested six men for theft of metal from a property in South Bristol.

Lt. Rand Maker said in an email to the Bangor Daily News that deputies acted on a complaint from a landowner just after 6 p.m. Wednesday and subsequently went to the property off Route 129.

When police arrived, they learned the landowner had blocked six men from leaving the property in their vehicles after the landowner received a call from a relative alleging that the suspects were on the property taking metal.

Arrested and charged with theft were T.J. Edwards, 23, of Casco; Wayne King, 32, of Waldoboro; James Vachon, 20, of Lewiston; Michael Moore, 26 of Leeds; Ian Doyle, 27, of Leeds; and Justin Edwards, 20, of Lewiston, Maker said.

Vachon also was charged with violating conditions of his release and failure to appear on a previous theft charge, according to Maker.

Edwards and King also had outstanding warrants: Edwards for unpaid fines and King had four warrants for unpaid fines.

All six men were taken to the Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset. Their initial court appearances are scheduled for June 27.

The metal involved was valued at about $250 and was described as a metal chain, a metal box and the metal portion of a car bumper.

Lincoln County deputies are continuing their investigation to determine if any of these men could be suspects in other metal thefts in and around Lincoln County.

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