Two men accused of Waterville vehicle break-ins

Posted April 05, 2013, at 1:09 p.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — Two men are facing multiple charges after a rash of vehicle burglaries in Waterville, according to police.

Christopher Chrysler, 26, of Fairfield and Charles Houghton, a 30-year old transient, were placed under arrest late Wednesday evening, Waterville Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey said Friday.

Police had been sent to the area of May and High streets around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday when it was reported the two men were breaking into vehicles in the area, Rumsey said. When police arrived, dispatch was getting tips from the person who called 911 that a suspect was close by.

The deputy chief said the tips were true, and police caught Chrysler after a brief foot pursuit, while Houghton was found a short time later.

Both men were in possession of numerous items, including GPS units, spare change and compact discs, while Houghton also had an Adderall pill, Rumsey said.

On Thursday, police fielded numerous other vehicle burglary calls and Rumsey said officers were “able to match up the [reported] stolen property with the property that was on these two guys.”

Chrysler is facing four counts of motor vehicle burglary, refusing to submit to arrest and three counts of theft, while Houghton is accused of one count of motor vehicle burglary and possession of a scheduled drug, the deputy chief said. He added it’s possible both men could face additional charges.

Both suspects remained at the Kennebec County Jail Friday, according to a jail official.

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