May 21, 2018
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Man facing additional charges in rash of Waterville burglaries

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

WATERVILLE, Maine — A man Waterville police arrested earlier this month for a burglary at a thrift store is facing a long list of additional charges after an investigation found him responsible for six other burglaries in the city, police said.

Jason Hight, a 26-year old transient who was arrested Jan. 10 after breaking into Ken-A-Set on College Avenue, is accused of three additional burglaries at the thrift store and at three other Elm City businesses, Waterville Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey said.

Hight will be arraigned on all seven charges during his first court appearance on Feb. 26, Rumsey said. He faces up to five years behind bars on each count if convicted.

Hight remains free on bail.

After Hight’s arrest on Jan. 10, detectives started gathering evidence on other burglaries in the area of Ken-A-Set that had occurred since Nov. 1, Rumsey said. Police ultimately determined Hight was responsible for three other Ken-A-Set burglaries, in addition to him breaking into Burger King on College Avenue, a hair salon on Main Street and an office that houses the organization Waterville Main Street, Rumsey said.

Detective Alan Perkins filed the additional charges against Hight on Tuesday, Rumsey said. The deputy chief added Hight, who was released on bail from the Kennebec County Jail last week, has not been taken back into custody.

An official at the Kennebec County Jail said Hight was released from the facility on Jan. 18. He did not disclose the bail amount.

Hight is also facing six charges of theft, which is a felony charge due to prior theft charges on his record, Rumsey said, along with four counts of misdemeanor criminal mischief.

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