Transient facing burglary charges after two laundry room incidents

Posted Aug. 01, 2012, at 1:55 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 01, 2012, at 3:42 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A local transient is facing a laundry list of charges after two separate laundry room burglaries in two towns last week, according to police.

Jacob David Roy, 29, is facing two charges of burglary, one in Bangor and one in Veazie, along with violating his bail conditions.

Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said the incident in the Queen City occurred around 10 p.m. July 26, when a maintenance worker at an apartment complex at 303 Hammond St. reported a burglary in the laundry room.

Roy had allegedly gone into the room, fiddled with coin-operated laundry machines and stolen some quarters, according to Edwards.

“The video footage [Officer David Farrar] looked at, he saw the entire incident take place,” Edwards said Wednesday morning.

Bangor police arrested Roy on July 26, charging him with burglary in addition to possession of burglar tools, as he had a hammer and bent screwdriver on him, the sergeant said.

In Veazie, Roy tried to pull the same stunt at the Colonial Village apartment complex on Thompson Road on July 23, according to Veazie Police Chief Mark Leonard.

“He had gone in and entered the washing machine and took the change,” Leonard said.

A witness had recorded what Roy was doing in the laundry room, according to Leonard.

While Roy was at Penobscot County Jail on Saturday, Veazie police Officer Paul Haslam conducted an interview with him. When it was determined Roy was responsible for the Veazie burglary as well, Haslam charged him with additional counts of burglary and violating conditions of release, Leonard said.

Roy faces up to five years in prison on each burglary charge if convicted.

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