LEWISTON, Maine — Police on Saturday arrested two 19-year-old Lewiston men — Dante Thompson and Corey Hunt — in a string of at least 50 car burglaries across Lewiston and Auburn.
Police searches of the men’s homes Saturday morning uncovered laptop computers, iPads, phones, digital cameras, CDs, DVDs and a home Playstation, among other items, most believed stolen from cars as they sat in their driveways at night, Lewiston Police Sgt. Danny Lachance said.
“They preyed on people who left their cars unlocked,” Lachance said.
The men could have robbed as many as 100 cars, he said.
Police charged Hunt and Thompson with theft. Thompson also was charged with unlawful possession of drugs.
A third, unnamed suspect has been tied to the burglaries. However, that person is a juvenile and already in custody on an unrelated charge, Lachance said.
Hunt was released from the Androscoggin County Jail on Saturday after posting $100 bail. As of 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening, Thompson had not posted his bail of $1,000 cash or $10,000 surety.
Police declined to disclose further details about how they caught the men. However, Lachance said the department had been investigating for weeks, hoping to end the recent rash of burglaries.
Many people had reported the familiar story of missing items from their cars, he said.
“It ties up a lot of police time during the day because they’re handling all these calls,” Lachance said.
Four officers — Cpl. Tom Murphy and officers Nathan Hood, Jason Nadeau and Jeffrey Burkhardt — spent Saturday returning items to about 20 people. More items are left to return to people in both Lewiston and Auburn, Lachance said.
People wishing to see whether their items have been recovered are encouraged to call the Lewiston Police Department at 513-3001, beginning Monday morning.