Swanville burglary leads to drug arrest

Some of the jewelry stolen from a Swanville residence.
Waldo County Sheriff's Department
Some of the jewelry stolen from a Swanville residence. Buy Photo
By Tom Groening, BDN Staff
Posted Oct. 22, 2012, at 6:35 p.m.

SWANVILLE, Maine — The arrest of a man for burglary and theft at a residence in which $2 bills, coins and jewelry were taken led sheriff’s deputies to another man they arrested for aggravated trafficking of marijuana.

Merl Reed, a detective with the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office, said Monday that officers responded on Oct. 17 to a call about a burglary and theft at a home in Swanville. The resident discovered a lock box had been opened and a collection of $2 bills, 50-cent coins and other currency taken. A jewelry box also was missing.

The victim of the theft, whom Reed would not name, reported seeing a local man driving fast away from the house as the resident arrived home.

After officers learned that a local man cashed in $80 worth of $2 bills at Swan Lake Grocery, police stopped Austin Stevens, 18, of Swanville while he was driving in Belfast. Confronted with the evidence, Stevens confessed to the burglary and theft, Reed said.

The detective said Stevens also told him that he had traded some of the jewelry for marijuana. The man accepting the two necklaces in exchange for the marijuana, Stevens told Reed, was Christopher Sudsbury, 40, who has been living at the Rocky Ridge Motel in Stockton Springs.

When Reed, Sgt. Dale Brown and deputies Cody Laite and Arthur Smith went to the motel, they learned from staff there that Sudsbury anticipated law enforcement officers confronting him and that he planned to escape out the back of the room, Reed said.

Laite and Smith were stationed at the rear of the building, and Reed and Brown knocked on the door. Reed said Sudsbury tried to escape out the back window, but on seeing the officers, retreated back into the room. Reed and Brown forced open the door and discovered Sudsbury flushing marijuana down the toilet, according to the detective.

Sudsbury was arrested and charged with aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs. He also had been wanted on an earlier indictment and on violation of bail conditions from an earlier arrest.

On searching the room, Reed said, officers found some of the stolen jewelry and evidence of marijuana trafficking.

Anyone with information about Sudsbury and the jewelry that is missing is asked to call the Waldo County Sheriff’s Department at 338-2040.

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