VEAZIE, Maine — Two men are facing charges after their alleged involvement in a string of motor vehicle burglaries over the weekend, police said Wednesday.
Dylen Beane, a 19-year-old transient, and Michael Braden, 23, of Veazie were involved in 17 vehicle burglaries late Friday night into early Saturday morning, according to Veazie Police Chief Mark Leonard.
Around 3:30 a.m. Saturday, Braden was walking along Thompson Road when he was stopped by Veazie police Officer Brian Sirois, according to Leonard.
After being stopped by Sirois, Braden was allowed to go back to his apartment, Leonard said, but Saturday morning, police started fielding phone calls about car burglaries occurring throughout town and police went back to Braden’s apartment.
“We were fortunate the officer was observant and identified the suspect,” said Leonard. “It wasn’t one specific area, they had done several areas throughout town.”
When police arrived at Braden’s apartment, where Beane also had been staying, a strong odor of marijuana was coming from the residence, giving police probable cause to search the premises, according to Leonard.
In the apartment, police found a large amount of stolen property, mostly electronics, the chief said.
“One item was in plain view, a laptop computer that had been reported stolen,” said Leonard.
Braden and Beane were taken into custody and police immediately secured the residence, and a pressure cooker and numerous other electronic devices that had been soldered were discovered, Leonard said. Thinking the items might have been explosives, the Bangor Police Department’s bomb squad was called in, and when it was determined the items weren’t explosives, a search warrant for the apartment was obtained.
Officer Todd Nadeau executed the warrant Saturday night into Sunday morning and thousands of dollars in electronics and other items were recovered, Leonard said.
Braden also admitted to police he had stolen three firearms from one of the vehicles and disposed of them in the woods, Leonard said.
“I took Mr. Braden to the area [Tuesday], and he was able to locate them,” said Leonard. The firearms since have been returned to their owner.
Braden was arrested and charged with a Class B felony theft for the firearms, and has since posted bail and been released from Penobscot County Jail. Beane remained Wednesday at Penobscot County Jail on a probation hold, Leonard said. More charges are expected against the pair as police continue their investigation.