Trail of flower petals leads to Waterville man who allegedly broke into police vehicles

Posted May 16, 2012, at 11:41 a.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — Investigators followed a trail of flower petals to find the man suspected of breaking into the personal vehicles of Waterville police officers.

Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey said an officer went into the parking lot where police park their cars Monday morning and found that his vehicle had been broken into and flowers removed. A second officer later discovered his vehicle also had been pilfered.

A trail of petals led police to 61-year-old Donald Fencik hiding under a nearby pedestrian bridge.

Police say Fencik also had clothes, sunglasses, jumper cables and other items officers said he stole from their vehicles. He also had tools police think he stole from a nearby construction site.

Fencik pleaded guilty to motor vehicle burglary and theft and was sentenced to 60 days in jail.