Auburn man charged after allegedly breaking home windows to get out of cold in Aroostook County

Posted Jan. 17, 2014, at 3:34 p.m.

NEW CANADA, Maine — An Auburn resident was expected to be released on bail Friday afternoon after spending a week in the Aroostook County Jail after his alleged attempt to break into a New Canada residence around 2 a.m. Jan. 10.

Christopher Enno, 34, was arrested in the early morning that day by Trooper Shawn Whalen and charged with criminal mischief, according to Lt. John Cote, commander of State Police Troop F in Houlton.

Sylvie Nadeau of New Canada called 911 around 2 a.m. to report someone had broken a window in her garage and was attempting to gain entry into her Caribou Road home, the lieutenant said.

Trooper Whalen found Enno at the home with Nadeau and a neighbor whom she had called for assistance to confront the suspect who she said had banged on several windows of her home, breaking one with a shovel.

At the time, Cote said, Enno told them he had been dropped off at the Fort Kent-New Canada town line some time earlier that morning and was looking for a place to get warm.

According to Fort Kent Police Chief Kenneth Michaud, Enno had been spotted early that morning by town police officer Steve Hoglund walking south along Market Street near Daigle & Houghton, Inc.

“When our officers see someone walking at night, they stop to ask if they are OK, or if their car has broken down or if they need a ride,” Michaud said. “In this case, the guy told Steve [Hoglund] his name and that he was on his way to Caribou.”

Michaud said his officer did nothing wrong when he offered to take Enno as far as the Fort Kent town line and drop him off.

Temperatures were around 8 below zero at the time.

“I realize it is winter and it was cold,” Michaud said. “My officer did nothing wrong, but I have told them no more doing that in the winter.”

Whalen arrested and charged Enno at the Nadeau residence without incident and transported him to the Aroostook County Jail.

Enno was released Friday afternoon on $250 cash bail, according to the booking officer at the jail.

A trial date has been set for March.

 

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