BREWER, Maine — A crime spree by two teenagers lasting at least three days, stretching into at least three communities, and involving multiple car burglaries, stolen cars and attempted home break-ins seems to have come to an end.
Brewer police have charged Tyler Dean, 18, of Levant, who was the subject of a search by local police for two days, with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and criminal trespass, both of which are misdemeanors, and given him a court summons.
“We are still looking for his 17-year-old accomplice, and we have been interviewing witnesses as well as the owners of the vehicles broken into,” said Brewer police Lt. Chris Martin. “We are also sorting through various charges and reports from other police agencies, so we anticipate having more charges may be filed on Friday.”
Charges may be forthcoming from Brewer, Pittsfield and Plymouth police departments as well as the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office.
The crime spree began sometime Sunday or Monday, and initially came to the attention of Brewer police officers by a complaint about attempted break-ins at residences on Elm Street on Monday morning.
“We had a report Monday of two male individuals operating an orange-red pickup on lower Elm Street,” said Martin. “They had apparently gone to several residences and were knocking on doors, saying they were looking for jumper cables.
“They went to one residence and went inside, where they were confronted by the owners. They told the owners they were looking for a lost dog and then left the area in the pickup.”
At 5 a.m. Tuesday, Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office responded after a passerby reported two males doing doughnuts in the parking lot of the South Levant Baptist Church on Horseback Road in Levant.
“Prior to that, the owners of an orange Nissan pickup called to report their truck had been stolen from their driveway off the Irish Road in Carmel,” said Sgt. Roy Peary of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office. “They saw their vehicle being driven out of the driveway.”
Deputy James Kennedy and Maine State Trooper Michael Johnson both responded, along with a K-9 unit, and found the abandoned truck in the church parking lot. Deputy Kennedy found two males standing in Horseback Road near a gravel lane and stopped to question them.
“The older male admitted to one of the deputies that he was involved in the actual taking of the vehicle, and they were both charged with unauthorized use of property,” said Peary.
It was unclear from the police report why neither man was taken into custody.
In the meantime, Brewer police were investigating the attempted break-in cases, and found information that led them to the Brewer Armory on Elm Street.
“That’s where we determined the pickup was stolen from, and another stolen vehicle from Pittsfield was abandoned there,” Martin said. “We also discovered multiple burglaries to several motor vehicles parked at the armory and owned by military service people on deployment.”
Martin said the car theft victims were members of the U.S. Army National Guard training out of state, and were unavailable to talk to police. Martin said at least five, and likely more, vehicles were burglarized.
“What we have to do is check what is missing and what’s been stolen once the owners come back,” Martin said. “We’re still sorting out all of the various offenses as this is a multijurisdictional case.”
Martin said officers from Pittsfield and Plymouth also have likely charges forthcoming and that at least three vehicles were stolen by the teens. One was discovered after being left in Pittsfield.
“This will end up being a joint investigation and the DA’s office will take charges from every department as they evaluate the case,” Peary said.