May 25, 2018
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Man allegedly responsible for theft from camps in Piscataquis County arrested

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — A local man allegedly responsible for numerous residential burglaries over the summer was arrested on Thursday, police said.

Clayton Burton, Sr., 60, of Blanchard is accused of theft for the time being, but Deputy Kyle Wilson of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office said it’s possible Burton could face more charges.

Between June and September, sheriff’s deputies fielded multiple calls of burglaries from camps in the Blanchard, Monson and Shirley areas, Wilson said Tuesday morning.

“We have five that we know of,” said Wilson.

Among the items recovered include a snowblower, lawn mowers, hand tools, a table saw, an electric range, fishing poles, an aluminum ladder, a towing line, a boat anchor and axes, the deputy said.

Wilson said he arrested Burton on Thursday when he attempted to steal more property in Blanchard.

“He was caught in the act,” the deputy said. “The owner held him until we got there.”

Burton was brought to the Piscataquis County Jail and later released on bail. The case has been forwarded to the District Attorney’s office for further review.

Wilson said police will also comb through multiple reports from multiple officers before deciding whether to pursue more charges against Burton, who is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Nov. 4.

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