Men arrested after allegedly breaking into elderly Old Town woman’s home

Posted Dec. 09, 2012, at 7:41 p.m.

OLD TOWN, Maine — Police have arrested and charged a pair of Old Town men in connection with an early Saturday morning home invasion and burglary at a 78-year-old woman’s home on Highland Avenue, Old Town police Sgt. Michael Hashey said Sunday night.

Police say John Taylor, 20, and Wayne Sanborn, 30, both of Old Town, forcibly entered the elderly woman’s home around 1:45 a.m. Saturday while the woman was asleep. The men allegedly rummaged through the home, taking jewelry and other valuables when they left.

Hashey said investigators were able to identify Taylor and Sanborn as suspects. Sanborn was arrested at an Old Town pawn shop about 9 hours after the break in. Taylor was arrested around 8 p.m. Saturday night at a Main Street residence, according to Hashey.

Both men were taken to Penobscot County Jail. Taylor has been charged with Class B burglary and Class C theft and remained in Penobscot County Jail Sunday on a probation hold, the sergeant said. Sanborn was charged with a Class C count of receiving stolen property, but additional charges could be added as the investigation continues, Hashey said.

Class C crimes have a maximum sentence of 5 years, while Class B offenses can land a sentence of up to 10 years.

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