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Waterville man sought in string of Somerset County burglaries

Somerset County Jail | BDN
Somerset County Jail | BDN
Steven Frank Shaw
By Alex Barber, BDN Staff

ST. ALBANS, Maine — Police are searching for a Waterville man they say burglarized businesses and a home in Somerset County last week.

Steven Frank Shaw, 26, of Waterville is wanted by the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department on warrants for Class B burglary and Class C theft, said Detective Lt. Carl Gottardi II in a statement on Tuesday.

On Nov. 12 at about 11 p.m., the sheriff’s department received a report of a burglary in progress at the St. Albans town office.

While en route, Deputies Jeremy Leal and Wilfred Dodge noticed an open door at Kippy’s Corner Store in Hartland. Dodge saw that the door had been kicked in, and more than $1,600 worth of cigarettes, beer, candy and other food had been stolen.

A window was broken out of the St. Albans town office, and someone entered the building, but nothing was taken, said Gottardi.

“It was a wonderful way to get woken up in the middle of the night,” said St. Albans Town Manager Rhonda Stark. “I spent 2½ hours here cleaning up. Glass went everywhere. It shattered across the room. Nothing was taken, but someone came inside and made a mess in the place.”

Gottardi said police obtained a description of the motor vehicle that possibly was involved, and a short time later a vehicle matching that description was found stuck in a ditch next to the Palmyra Variety Store along U.S. Route 2.

“The motor vehicle was impounded,” said Gottardi. “The occupant(s) of the vehicle had fled the area prior to the motor vehicle being located.”

After finding the vehicle, police discovered that someone had tried to kick in the door to Palmyra Variety but was unable to get inside.

A Maine State Police K-9 search revealed no suspects.

Gottardi said that while police were investigating those burglaries, a call came in about a home burglary on the Corinna Road in St. Albans. Jewelry, a television and other electronics were reported stolen.

“The front door to the residence was kicked in to gain entry to the residence,” said Gottardi. “No persons were home at the residence during the burglary.”

A search of the seized vehicle uncovered stolen items from the burglaries that night as well as items from a burglary in Waterville, he said.

Gottardi said arrest warrants have been obtained for Shaw in connection with the Kippy’s Corner Store burglary. He is also wanted in connection with alleged violation of conditions of release on bail when the Hartland burglary occurred.

Shaw is described on the Somerset County Jail’s website as being 5-foot-9, 165 pounds with brown eyes.

Anyone with any information on Shaw should call the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department Tip Line at 474-0230 or email sherifftips@somersetcounty-me.org.

Maine State Police and the Pittsfield and Oakland police departments assisted the sheriff’s department in the investigation.

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