HOULTON, Maine — State police and Aroostook County sheriffs sought public help Sunday in solving a string of unsolved burglaries and thefts that occurred in the St. John Valley since last summer.
Trooper Dan Marquis hopes that the recent arrest of three suspects on theft or receiving stolen property charges will lead to further breaks in the investigation of thefts and burglaries near Portage, Eagle Lake and Allagash, Sgt. Josh Haines said in a statement released Sunday.
Joshua Pelletier, 24, of St. John was charged with theft, operating while under habitual offender status and violation of bail. The charges stem from an investigation of a stolen 2009 Arctic Cat snowmobile taken from Slybrook Road in Eagle Lake in late October 2012. The sled was stripped and sold for parts, Haines said.
Also charged with theft in was JJ Levesque, 22, of Fort Kent, while Cody Theriault of St. Francis was charged with receiving stolen property, Haines said.
Marquis suspects that Pelletier and Levesque were involved in two other burglaries, one at Hewes Brook Lodge in Township 14, Range 7, which is west of Portage, and another at a camp in Allagash, Haines said.
Several thousand dollars in property was stolen during each burglary. Both camps were damaged during the break-ins. Approximately half of the property has been recovered, but many items remain unaccounted for, Haines said.
Anyone with information about the crimes should contact Marquis or Maine State Police at 532-5400. All calls will be kept confidential.