May 21, 2018
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Transient accused of breaking into Waterville thrift store, suspected in other burglaries

Waterville Police Department | BDN
Waterville Police Department | BDN
Jason Hight
By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

WATERVILLE, Maine — A Waterville transient was arrested early Thursday after breaking into a thrift store, and police believe he may be involved in other burglaries in the city.

Jason Hight, 26, was caught in the act breaking into Ken-A-Set on College Avenue by a Waterville firefighter, according to Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey.

The Waterville fire station is across the street from Ken-A-Set.

Rumsey said the firefighter observed Hight pounding on the building with a crowbar around 12:30 a.m., and he called police after hearing the sound of shattering glass.

Police responded swiftly and surrounded the building, Rumsey said. It was determined Hight entered Ken-A-Set through a basement window in an alley that runs between the store and the fire station.

Hight was eventually spotted sticking his head out of one of the store windows. Police entered through the window he had smashed and nabbed him hiding under a rack of clothes, Rumsey said.

Hight was taken into custody and charged with burglary, a Class C felony, and criminal mischief, a Class D misdemeanor.

Further charges could be levied against Hight, Rumsey said, as detectives are investigating other burglaries in the area of Lower Main Street.

The alleged incidents occurred at Uptown Hair Salon and in two offices in a building at 177 Main St., Rumsey said. Waterville police Det. Alan Perkins is the head investigator.

Hight is being held at the Kennebec County Jail on $2,000 cash bail. His court date is Feb. 26.

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