Bradley man accused of stealing tools, batteries, copper from local business

Posted Nov. 08, 2013, at 5:37 p.m.

BRADLEY, Maine — A local man is facing felony theft and motor vehicle burglary charges in connection with the disappearance last month of tools and other items from a job site in Bradley.

In addition to theft and burglary charges, Caleb Washburn, 24, is charged with violating the conditions of his release, Trooper Adam Gould of the Maine State Police said Thursday. Information about Washburn’s prior arrest was not immediately available.

The charges stem from an Oct. 27 job site burglary in which Washburn and another person, who had not yet been charged, allegedly stole nearly $2,000 worth of tools, copper wiring, an air compressor and four vehicle batteries, Gould said. The burglary was reported the following morning and Washburn was arrested the day after that, he said.

According to Gould, Washburn became a suspect in the crime after he allegedly fenced some of the items reported stolen.

“He actually sold some of this stuff to someone who works for a different company,” Gould said. “The owner of that company had known our victim and gave him a call, saying, ‘Hey, I know you lost some stuff’ and he came out and checked it out and said, ‘Yeah, that’s the stuff I’m missing.’”

Gould said that most of the stolen items have been recovered and returned to the owner.

“The copper isn’t retrievable because it’s already been stripped and turned in,” Gould said.

Washburn currently is out on bail. He is tentatively scheduled to make a court appearance at the Penobscot Judicial Center on Dec. 12, the trooper said.

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