June 21, 2018
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Portland police arrest three after rash of car burglaries

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

PORTLAND, Maine — Three people are facing charges in the wake of a series of motor vehicle burglaries around Deering High School on Sunday, police said.

Officers had received a number of calls about vehicle burglaries in neighborhoods around Deering High, according to a news release from Portland police Lt. Scott Pelletier, and an investigation started when a potential suspect was found.

Officers encountered Josh Walker, a 37-year-old transient, on Ludlow Street on Sunday morning, according to Pelletier. Walker was allegedly in possession of items that had been reported stolen from vehicles that were parked on Ludlow Street and at Candlewick Terrace.

As the investigation continued, police found two other suspects, Kristina Walker, Josh’s 43-year-old wife, and Jeremy Day, 33, at the Motel 6 on Riverside Street where they had been staying, according to Pelletier. A search of the room turned up items reportedly stolen from two vehicles on Edgeworth Street.

Items recovered included clothes, GPS units, iPods and credit cards, the lieutenant said.

All three suspects were placed under arrest. Josh Walker is facing two counts of motor vehicle burglary and carrying a concealed weapon, as police allegedly found a knife in his possession.

Kristina Walker and Day were charged with two counts of motor vehicle burglary and receiving stolen property, along with possession of burglar tools and possession of Schedule W drugs after police reportedly found cocaine in the motel room.

Detectives are working to identify the owners of the vehicles that were burglarized, Pelletier said.

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