April 23, 2018
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Two men and a wife accused of stealing car in Milford

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

MILFORD, Maine — Two men with lengthy criminal histories and the wife of one of them face felony robbery charges after the trio arrived Friday evening at a home on U.S. Route 2, got into a fight with a resident there and took off in the victim’s vehicle, police say.

Bruce A. Carey, 36, his wife, Stephanie Carey, 34, who live on the Main Road in Milford, and Todd Clavette, 39, of Old Town all were arrested and charged with Class A robbery on Saturday morning by a team of county sheriff’s deputies led by Deputy Ray Goodspeed.

“The three people showed up at the house and an argument took place [that turned physical] and a vehicle was damaged,” Troy Morton, deputy chief of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office, said Tuesday. “Then that vehicle was stolen.”

Deputies were called to the Route 2 residence at around 10:15 p.m. Friday to deal with a disturbance in progress, the deputy chief said. The trio knew the victim, who was not injured in the fight, Morton said.

The headlights and other parts of the victim’s car were smashed during the fight, Morton said, adding the vehicle was recovered later Friday evening.

Maine State Police were called in to provide backup during the arrests, but their assistance was not required, the deputy chief said. The Careys were nabbed at about 11 a.m. Saturday and Clavette was picked up on the Greenfield Road shortly afterward. All three were taken to the Penobscot County Jail in Bangor.

Bruce Carey was one of eight charged in February 2008 for being part of an Old Town-area cocaine distribution ring, according to Bangor Daily News archives. He was convicted and sentenced later that year to five years in prison, with all but 12 months suspended, three years of probation and a $400 fine for unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs.

Carey also has convictions for harassment by telephone and criminal mischief, from 1997, and in April of this year he was convicted of operating a vehicle with a suspended or revoked driver’s license and ordered to spend 10 days in jail and pay a $500 fine, the BDN listings state.

Clavette, who has lived in Old Town and on Indian Island in recent years, has four assault convictions — three that sent him to jail — as well as two convictions for disorderly conduct and one for criminal mischief, according to the BDN archives.

The trio face up to 30 years in prison if convicted of the robbery.

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