ROCKLAND, Maine — A 34-year-old Rockland man was arrested Friday night after police said he stole one vehicle and then tried unsuccessfully to steal two other cars.
Sheldon Woodcock remained at Knox County Jail on Monday morning charged with theft by unauthorized taking, criminal mischief, operating after suspension and operating under the influence, according to Rockland Deputy Police Chief Wally Tower.
According to police, Woodcock stole a 2000 GMC van from Midcoast Marine Electronics on Main Street in Rockland shortly after 8:30 p.m. Friday. He drove the van to Oliver Street, abandoned it, leaving the keys in the vehicle, the deputy chief said.
Woodcock then tried to steal a 2005 Mustang from an Oliver Street residence, but the keys were not in it, Tower said. The standardized shift vehicle rolled out of the driveway and across the street where it struck a tree stump on a neighboring property.
Damage to the Mustang was estimated at $500.
Woodcock then tried to steal a 2012 Cadillac from the residence where the Mustang had been parked, but he was unable because there were no keys, the police official said.
The Oliver Street resident telephoned police after noticing Woodcock trying to steal the Cadillac and that the Mustang was no longer in the driveway. Officers arrived and found Woodcock walking nearby, Tower said.
Woodcock will make his initial appearance Monday afternoon in Rockland District Court.
The deputy chief reminded citizens not to leave their keys in vehicles. He said every stolen car case he has dealt with has occurred when owners left keys in the vehicle.