Westbrook man doesn’t give up after first break-in fails in Houlton, police say

Posted July 19, 2013, at 5:09 p.m.
Craig D. Miller
HOULTON POLICE DEPARTMENT
Craig D. Miller

HOULTON, Maine — A Westbrook man who tried and failed to break into one building before moving on to burglarize another was taken into custody early Friday morning, according to Houlton police.

Craig D. Miller, 34, who grew up in Houlton, was arrested less than two hours after a burglar alarm first sounded at Cary Library, which is the building he allegedly first attempted to break into, Houlton Police Detective Kris Calaman said Friday.

According to Calaman, Miller used a landscaping log to shatter a window at the 107 Main St. location, but cut himself and fled. Calaman said Miller may have believed there was money inside. A burglar alarm sounded, and Sgt. Charles Wampler responded and found blood and shattered glass on the floor.

Police believe Miller walked a short distance away to Aroostook Print Shop at 10 Bangor St., where he allegedly used a rock to break a window, gain entry and steal an undisclosed amount of cash.

By that time, Calaman said, State Police Sgt. Chad Fuller and his dog, Gleni, were helping search for the suspect, as were U.S. Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents. Calaman said that Gleni was vital in helping to lead them to Bates Fuel, located at 6 Market Square, where Houlton Officer Steve Nason located Miller, who was in the basement of the building.

Calaman said that Miller, who has a criminal history and two outstanding warrants from previous arrests, was charged with violation of conditions of release, burglary, theft and criminal mischief.

He was taken to Houlton Regional Hospital to be treated for injuries suffered from allegedly breaking the window before he was taken to the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton. Houlton Officer Gary McGuire and Calaman assisted with the investigation.

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