October 18, 2017
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  • Anonymous

    Seems like there has been a crime wave since the reelection.

  • Rocky4

    It is a miracle that one of these dirtbags has not been blown away.

    • Anonymous

      or is it a shame? Maybe that would have ended the “spree”.

      • Rocky4

        Yes. That too.

  • PabMainer

    Time for someone to take a night-time snooze in the back seat of the SUV with a couple of friends……S & W…..

  • County Escapee

    Since when was looking for stuff in one occupied home at night considered a ‘home invasion spree?
    Getting careless with the headlines, BDN…

    • You clearly only read the headline then ..

      • County Escapee

        I read the whole thing..
        Entering an empty home is B+E, and taking something while there is a burglary. Even if the people are asleep, it’s a B+E in the night time.
        Busting in on people and detaining them with a weapon or tying them up is a home invasion. While they feel they have been invaded, I didn’t really see anything under the headline to warrant its wording.

        • Ben Hutchins

          That’s not so. If a member of the household is at home when someone breaks into the house, that’s home invasion (“an act or instance of entering an occupied residence with the intent to commit a burglary or other crime,” says the Random House Dictionary of the English Language), regardless of whether the householders were detained or, in fact, interacted with the perpetrators at all. You could be upstairs, they could stay downstairs the whole time and never even realize you were at home, but if you were home it was still a home invasion. (It’s burglary in either case if the people who broke in also took things.)

          • County Escapee

            Hmmm.

            My New Oxford doesn’t have it, so I went to the standby “Wiki’ While it varies by area:

            “Home invasion differs from burglary in having a violent intent, specific or general, much the same way as aggravated robbery—personally taking from someone by force—is differentiated from mere larceny (theft alone). As the term becomes more frequently used, particularly by the media, “home invasion” is evolving to identify a particular class of crime that involves multiple perpetrators (two or more); forced entry into a home; occupants who are home at the time of the invasion; use of weapons and physical intimidation; property theft; and victims who are unknown to the perpetrators.”

            As “violence” and “forceful taking” seems to be the criteria for NY and Boston reporting, I’ll stick to my definition. :)

          • Ben Hutchins

            Do we really want to go by what Wikipedia thinks the news media thinks words mean? I’m skeptical. Lacking a copy of the full OED to check, I’m content to stay with the Random House def. (Or, if you prefer the American Heritage Dictionary, “Burglary of a dwelling while the residents are at home.”)

            Anyway, just out of curiosity, I searched for the phrase “home invasion” on the Maine Legislature’s statutes database and came up empty, so it appears it has no definition in current Maine law. Burglary is burglary regardless of whether somebody was at home, and any interactions that may happen between householders who were at home and the burglars would be covered by other existing laws.

          • County Escapee

            It said that the term is becoming more commonly used, particularly by the media, and not defined by.
            The Feds don’t have a legal definition yet, but several States do. I’ll take Wiki on this long before I will accept a simplistic 8 word definition. Maine doesn’t, but if you want to see other State’s definitions, there’s a list of ’em on Wiki :)

            Anyway, since there was only one case of burglary with people at home, I still say that “spree of home invasions” is more than misleading. Me having said that is what got this whole thing going anyway.

  • Anonymous

    Pathetic little dirtbags…what they refuse to work for, they will take.

  • Bill Cat

    Meth, bath salts or Oxys? I’m voting for meth — only one of the three that’d make these sleazers wide awake and functioning all night. Otherwise, don’t keep stuff worth stealing in the car and lock the house at bed time. Simplest options other than sitting on the porch with a load of 00 buckshot

  • Guest

    The criminals are most likely aware of who they are taking from. I have actually called the cops twice for vehicles sitting right off to the side of my driveway before and a couple weeks ago I saw two vehicles sitting in the roadway off to the side in front of a neighbors house (whom was not home) when I come down through they scurried pretty quick. People staking things out I am not sure. But if you know your neighbors, keep an eye and ear open for any strange activity, one of these days they are going to come across the wrong person(s).

  • Gunnery Sergeant Hartman

    monson has been hit with grafitti lately…the green saints?

  • Guest

    The criminals are most likely aware of who they are taking from. I have actually called the cops twice for vehicles sitting right off to the side of my driveway before and a couple weeks ago I saw two vehicles sitting in the roadway off to the side in front of a neighbors house (whom was not home) when I come down through they scurried pretty quick. People staking things out I am not sure. But if you know your neighbors, keep an eye and ear open for any strange activity, one of these days they are going to come across the wrong person(s).

  • HOW DO YOU FIGURE THAT?

    • Gunnery Sergeant Hartman

      ive been through it

  • Anonymous

    Maine has the highest per capita rate of homeowner gun ownership.
    With all the burglaries and home invasions looks like criminals could care less about homeowners owing guns, doesnt it now
    The point being: home owners that own guns is overrated as a deterrent to crimes. …just saying

    • Citation on the per capita stat?

      • Anonymous

        The ratings keep changing year to year.
        Nevertheless, the point is: if you own a home and own a gun—–IT DOES NOT SCARE OFF THE CRIMINALS

        Maine: 2nd highest gun ownership in nation
        democraticunderground.com

        MAINE~HIGHEST GUN OWNERSHIP
        http://www.northeastshooters.com/

        • Not with junkies, no.

        • Anonymous

          it will make news when a home owner shoots one of these crooks,and the media laments the shooting of an unarmed teenager who “was turning his life around”

    • Rocky4

      Baloney!! 1-2-&-3
      Wyoming (59.7%)
      Alaska (57.8%)
      Montana (57.7%)

  • Anonymous

    If they recovered some property doesn’t that mean they know who did this or who they are giving/selling the stolen property to? What do these punks look like?

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