LINCOLN, Maine — Police expect to more burglary indictments next month after a grand jury agreed to charge an 18-year-old man with burglarizing a camp last summer, they said Thursday.
The grand jury returned an indictment on Nov. 27 charging Brent D. Pelkey of Lincoln with two counts each of burglary and theft by unauthorized taking.
Pelkey is not believed to be part of the group of more than a dozen suspects whom police believe are responsible for at least 35 burglaries in the Lincoln Lakes region since June, said Penobscot County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy.
Dan Summers, Lincoln’s director of public safety, said police are planning to seek indictments against more suspects linked to the burglary ring this month or next.
“This is not over yet,” Summers said.
Pelkey is suspected of stealing a gun and several thousand dollars in cash from a camp during the summer, Almy said.
Shooters, Mainely Rent to Own, F.A. Peabody Co., Lincoln News, Capello Hair Salon and Day Spa, Avanti Bridal and Boutique, Benjamin Tibbetts Inc., North Country Auto and U.S. Cellular are among the businesses on West Broadway in Lincoln hit by burglars since July. Another dozen burglaries have been reported in Chester, Lee, Mattawamkeag and Winn, Summers has said.
East Millinocket police also are investigating two business burglaries reported on Oct. 21 in Medway for which Springer is a person of interest, East Millinocket Police Chief Cameron McDunnah has said.
Four people have been indicted in connection with the alleged burglary ring. During one court appearance on Oct. 28, one suspect said that he “screwed up” and probably deserved to do time in prison. Three other suspects were indicted two days later.
The crimes followed an unsophisticated pattern, police have said, as the burglars have smashed windows or doors and stolen cash registers at several businesses, usually after the businesses closed or before their morning openings. The burglars probably seek money or items that they can fence for cash to buy drugs, police have said.
The burglars have been difficult to catch, police said, because they employ lookouts and have been monitoring police radio transmissions to track patrols. They might also be calling in false complaints or waiting for police to respond to other calls to buy time for the break-ins.
Pelkey is due at Penobscot County Judicial Center on Feb. 4, 2014, to answer the charge, a court official said Thursday.