BANGOR, Maine — An Orrington man who is the prime suspect in a rash of burglaries was charged with six counts of burglary and five counts of theft at the Penobscot Judicial Center on Wednesday afternoon.
And Brendan Trainor, Penobscot County assistant district attorney, says more charges against Nicholas Osgood, 23, may follow.
“All 11 charges are out of Glenburn and Hampden so far, but there could be other charges forthcoming from Veazie, as I understand,” Trainor said.
Trainor said four of the six crimes occurred at homes in Glenburn. The other two were in Hampden.
Osgood was stopped on Pushaw Road in Glenburn by Maine State Police troopers and Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office deputies around noon Monday after they received a tip that he was involved in the break-ins.
“He was interviewed after his Miranda rights were read to him and he admitted to burglarizing several of these places by using a hammer to smash out windows and open doors,” Trainor said. “A search of a place he was staying turned up some merchandise that was reported stolen.”
That residence, which was not his, was on Brasslett Drive in Glenburn.
Also, Trainor said, a Bangor pawn shop paid Osgood $400 on Jan. 21 for college rings reported stolen by one of the Glenburn victims. The victim was able to identify the rings.
“All the burglary charges he’s facing are Class B because they were committed at dwelling places where someone may have been present during the commission of the crime,” Trainor said.
A Class B burglary charge carries a maximum fine of $20,000 and 10 years in prison.
The other charges are Class C, with a maximum $5,000 fine and five years in prison, and Class E, with a maximum $1,000 fine and six months’ jail time.
Osgood, who was assigned court-appointed defense attorney Richard Hall on Wednesday, will await a March 11 court date. He is being held at Penobscot County Jail on $5,000 cash bail or a $25,000 real estate surety.
At the time of Osgood’s arrest on Monday, officers were seen counting a wad of cash on the hood of a state police cruiser and picking up seven prescription pill bottles placed on the trunk of the stopped car at the Brasslett Drive location. The cash and bottles were placed into evidence bags and sealed. Police also took custody of two vehicles they believe were used in the crimes.
Anyone with information about the rash of burglaries can call the Maine State Police at 866-2121 or the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office at 945-4636.