MEXICO, Maine — A Recreation Department employee discovered Friday afternoon that someone broke into the teen center in the basement of the Recreation Building and took a Wii game system, a dozen games and the controllers.
Lt. Roy Hodsdon of the Mexico Police Department, said he was contacted at 1:30 p.m. when the employee discovered the broken door locks. He said the burglary most likely happened sometime during the past week or so. With students on summer vacation, the teen center is rarely used. He said evidence showed that the basement room had been entered twice.
With school now under way, the teen center will be much more active, he said.
About $50 damage was done to the door. The game system and associated games were valued at about $500. Police have no leads at this time.
During the past nine days, the Mexico Police Department has responded to 55 calls. Among them are the following:
—Kenneth Boyle, 46, last known address of Holman Avenue, Mexico, at 9:30 p.m. Aug. 26, on Main Street, on charges of criminal mischief, criminal trespass and stalking. Two other warrants were also out on him. Someone reported that a man was in a vacant building on Main Street, which led police to him. He was taken to the Oxford County Jail in Paris. Police have instructed the building owner to secure the property.
—Arthur Owens, 51, of Bucknum Street, Mexico, at 7:48 p.m. Aug. 23 on Bucknum Street, on a charge of violation of conditions of release by criminal threatening. He was bailed from the Mexico Police Department. The court date is not known at this time. The arrest occurred when the Mexico department was assisting the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.
—A Granite Street resident reported at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 31 that someone stole two heavy-duty trash cans from her yard, valued at $50.
—A Honda engine used to operate construction equipment, valued at $1,000, was reported stolen at 11:42 a.m. Aug. 30 from a trailer at the Backkingdom Road construction site.
—A resident of Cumberland Avenue, Rumford, reported at 9:49 a.m. Aug. 23 that someone had stolen her Chevrolet Malibu when it was parked at Tommy Guns bar in Mexico. It was found at the corner of Hancock Street and Maine Avenue. Hodsdon said the vehicle had been in an accident and was damaged on the driver’s side. The Mexico and Rumford police departments are conducting a joint investigation.
—One of two dirt bikes taken from a Summit Street residence on Aug. 22 was recovered off an all-terrain-vehicle trail near the Poplar Hill Road. The bike was not damaged. Police are still looking for a red Honda dirt bike that was stolen at the same time. Anyone with information is asked to call the department at 364-5686.