POLICE BEAT

Bangor woman out walking dog returns to find Tennessee man in her room

Posted July 13, 2012, at 1:10 p.m.
Last modified July 13, 2012, at 2:44 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A woman living at the Ranger Inn took her dog out for a walk last week and returned to find her room had been trashed and a Tennessee man sitting on her bed, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Thursday.

Joseph Oviatt, 22, of Kingsport, Tenn., was arrested for felony burglary, which could send him to prison for up to 10 years, if convicted, as well as theft by unauthorized taking and criminal trespassing.

The victim told police she left her room at around 2 a.m. on July 5 to walk her dog.

“She locked the door but left the window unlocked,” Edwards said. “When she returned she saw the [window] screen had been ripped” and “there was a male — Joseph Oviatt — sitting on the bed. She yelled at him and told him to get out of the room.”

Oviatt rented a room just a few doors down from the victim, the sergeant said. When Officer James Carr arrived the victim informed him her iPod had been destroyed and Carr found pieces of the iPod in Oviatt’s room.

He was taken to Penobscot County Jail where he remained on Friday, a jail official said. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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