POLICE BEAT

Tips lead Lincoln police to charge two burglary suspects

Posted July 17, 2012, at 2:47 p.m.

LINCOLN, Maine — Investigators were in Brewer on Tuesday trying to recover jewelry they believe was stolen in two burglaries for which two suspects have been issued summonses, Police Chief William Lawrence said.

Angela Dyer, 27, of Lincoln was issued a summons on Tuesday for two counts of Class B burglary, while Margaret J. Guiow, 39, also of Lincoln, was summoned on the same charges Sunday. Police expect to seek indictments on the charges from the Penobscot County grand jury later this month, Lawrence said.

Police believe both women burglarized homes on Libby and Whalen streets in Lincoln on Friday. Cash, jewelry and a handgun were among the items reported stolen, said Lawrence, who did not have an estimate on the value of the stolen items immediately available. Police believe the items were sold to a Brewer pawnshop, Lawrence said.

“Obviously the [stolen] cash is gone,” Lawrence said.

Officers Mark Fucile and Brandi Alton initially investigated the burglaries when they were reported Friday. Officer John Walsh bolstered their efforts over the weekend when he received tips identifying the suspects. With assistance from Detective David Cram, he questioned Guiow and Dyer and elicited their confessions, Lawrence said.

“People coming forward” with information was a key element in the arrests, Lawrence said.

“These guys have been great at developing sources of information within the community,” Lawrence said of Lincoln police. “Developing these relationships is crucial [to making cases]. It pays off.”

The two burglaries were the first reported in several weeks, Lawrence said. The last Lincoln burglary arrest was reported in May, when officers found a Lincoln woman hiding in a closet of an Enfield Road home that she had allegedly broken into. That case is pending.

The Town Council’s decision to follow recommendations from Lawrence and Penobscot County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy and create a detective’s position and Lawrence’s emphasis on following up on incident and case reports has helped bolster the police department ’s case clearance rate from 20 percent to more than 30 percent, Lawrence has said.

The suspects are due in Superior Court in Bangor on Nov. 15, Lawrence said.

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