CAMDEN, Maine — A 20-year-old Hope man who received a sentence last summer that the prosecution acknowledged would be considered light was arrested again Tuesday evening and charged in connection with a series of car break-ins.
A second suspect — Zachary Carleton, 24, of Rockport, was issued a summons for the six motor vehicle burglaries.
Camden Police Detective Curt Andrick said Wednesday that the department has been investigating about 20 motor vehicle burglaries throughout the town during the past two weeks. The investigation led to the pair.
Some of the items reported stolen were recovered, Andrick said.
Landry was taken to the Knox County Jail around 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Landry made his initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon in Rockland District Court, where Judge Patricia Worth kept bail at $2,500 cash. Assistant District Attorney Christopher Fernald said that Landry’s probation officer has placed a hold on the suspect because Landry had been on probation from last year’s burglary convictions. The probation hold means Landry would not be released even if he raised $2,500.
Landry was sentenced in August in Knox County Superior Court to a three-year jail term with all but 69 days suspended for seven counts of burglary, seven counts of theft and five counts of criminal mischief. The burglaries were at camps in Hope.
Fernald told the court at last year’s sentencing hearing that the sentence may seem light but that the burglaries were solved because of the cooperation of Landry.
Justice Donald Marden said Landry showed a sense of moral principles that were a big step in the right direction. Landry told the judge he did not intend to be back in court for anything.
Andrick urged residents to lock their vehicles and to not leave valuables in view. He said motor vehicle burglaries are crimes of opportunity.