DEXTER, Maine — A Sangerville teen faces multiple felony charges after allegedly stealing three vehicles and a gun, spurring a brief manhunt early Thursday.
The juvenile, whose name was not released because of his age, was taken into custody Thursday morning.
Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Guy Dow said he received a call at 4 a.m. from a man reporting his Ford F-150 stolen. While searching for the man’s truck, Dow said he learned of another car having been stolen.
“While I was still looking for the truck, Dexter [police] had a call of a white truck smashing a pole that matched the description [of the truck I was looking for], but it was a different size,” said Dow.
Dow said the 17-year-old originally stole a Mazda car from Main Street in Sangerville. The juvenile ran over mailboxes, tore up lawns and farm fields and eventually ditched that car on McNaughton Hill Road in Sangerville and stole the Ford F-150 pickup truck, said Dow.
The teen eventually left the truck in the woods after getting stuck in mud off Silvers Mills Road in Dexter and then allegedly stole a third vehicle, said Dow. A gun with ammunition reportedly was in the Ford Ranger pickup he stole last.
The teen crashed the Ranger into a pole at the end of Silvers Mills Road near the intersection with Route 7, said Dow. The juvenile had the gun with him when he fled into the woods about 7 a.m.
The report of the juvenile with a gun resulted in a lockdown of SAD 46 schools, according to Superintendent Kevin Jordan.
“We had a manhunt and we apprehended him a short time later without incident,” said Dow, adding that the teen did not have the gun on him when he was arrested.
The teen was charged with six felonies including three counts of theft of a motor vehicle, theft of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and aggravated criminal mischief. He was taken to Mountain View Youth Development Center in Charleston.
“He did a lot of damage to three vehicles, property, mailboxes, lawns and farm fields,” said Dow, who estimated the damage would be in the tens of thousands of dollars. “One vehicle was totaled and the other two were damaged pretty good.”
Jordan said the lockdown of the schools was lifted after the suspect was arrested and that students were not allowed to go outside during the investigation but were attending classes as scheduled.
Piscataquis and Penobscot county sheriff’s deputies, Dexter police, state police and the Maine Warden Service assisted handled the case, according to police.