Juveniles, 21-year-old charged with burglarizing, setting fire to York County homes

Posted May 28, 2013, at 10:07 a.m.

ACTON, Maine — Two juveniles and a 21-year-old man are accused of burglarizing two homes in York County and setting fire to items inside the houses, according to police.

York County Sheriff’s deputies were called to an Acton residence at 1 p.m. Sunday when two homeowners arrived and found a teenage male standing on their porch, according to Chief Deputy William King.

Upon seeing the residents return home, the juvenile yelled to another teen who was inside the house and the intruders, whose ages have not been disclosed, fled toward the rear, according to King.

One of the homeowners started to chase the teens before he realized his house was on fire, King said.

One of the boys is accused of setting fire to a bed, which the homeowner was able to put out with a fire extinguisher.

Damage to the residence and the value of items stolen was estimated at $8,700, according to King.

When Deputy Corey Sweatt was responding to the scene, he observed the two juveniles walking along the roadway and questioned them, King said.

During the investigation, deputies learned the house next door also had been burglarized and a fire had been started, King said.

An investigation by York County deputies, Maine State Police and the Maine Warden Service determined the two juveniles were responsible for the first reported burglary and 21-year old Michael Anthony Coffin of Acton responsible for the other, King said.

It was unclear whether the three knew each other.

The juveniles were taken to Long Creek Youth Development Center and charged with two counts of burglary, aggravated criminal mischief and arson, King said.

Coffin remained Tuesday morning at York County Jail after being charged with two counts of burglary and theft, arson and aggravated criminal mischief.

Police have not estimated the damage in the burglary Coffin is accused of, King said.

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