HERMON, Maine — A Carmel woman was arrested Friday afternoon after she allegedly burglarized two homes, one in Glenburn and the other in Levant, a Maine State Police trooper said.
Trooper Darren Vittum said that Samantha White, 29, whose most recent address was in Carmel, initially was charged with two counts of Class B felony burglary and two counts of Class D theft.
The first break-in was reported about noon at 23 Largay Lane in Glenburn after a homeowner returned from work and found a strange vehicle — a white Suzuki Aero with 14-day plates — idling in her driveway.
“[The homeowner] didn’t dare go into the house so she hollered at the person and a female subject came out of the house and said that she was looking for her friend. Then she jumped in the car and left,” the trooper said.
The homeowner was able to get the vehicle’s license plate number as it left her driveway, Vittum said.
“When the homeowner went into the house she noticed that all of her belongings were gathered up in bags piled in the kitchen,” Vittum said, adding that the haul included jewelry, cash and computers worth a couple of thousand of dollars.
The suspicious vehicle also was seen by a neighbor, who noted the car’s make and model and was able to supply that information to police, Vittum said.
Vittum said that it appears that White then broke into a residence at 506 Mudgett Road in Levant, where she stole a laptop computer.
“All of the property was recovered and returned to the owners,” he said.
Vittum said that White was arrested after a Penobscot County sheriff’s deputy assigned to Hermon heard a bulletin asked area police to be on the lookout for the Aero, spotted it on Billings Road and pulled it over. The deputy’s name was not immediately available.
At the time of her arrest on Friday, White was out on postconviction bail for Class B burglary. She was supposed to have reported to jail in March to begin serving an 18-month sentence and never turned herself in, Vittum said.
On Friday, White was being held without bail at Penobscot County Jail, Vittum said. He said arrangements likely will be made to take her to the Maine Correctional Center’s Women’s Center in Windham to begin her sentence for her burglary conviction.
Vittum reminded homeowners to keep their doors locked while they are out. He said the public should contact police when they see unusual activity in their neighborhoods.