Waterville man accused of felony theft, vehicle burglary, growing marijuana

Posted March 25, 2013, at 12:04 p.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — A Waterville man is facing a felony theft charge after taking three toolboxes containing more than $5,000 worth of equipment early Monday, police said.

Eric Thurlow, 32, is also accused of burglary of a motor vehicle and cultivating marijuana, Waterville Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey said.

A resident of Moore Street had contacted police shortly after midnight when he saw a man who was identified as Thurlow breaking into a vehicle and taking the toolboxes out of it, the deputy chief said. Thurlow subsequently walked down the street and into his apartment.

Police responded swiftly and observed all the stolen items on the floor of Thurlow’s residence while knocking on his door, Rumsey said. All the stolen tools were recovered, while 30 marijuana plants Thurlow was growing were found in a closet, according to police.

Thurlow was taken into custody and booked on the three charges. He was unable to post $5,000 bail and was taken to Kennebec County Jail, where he remains.

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