Caribou man arrested in tractor-trailer theft

Posted Jan. 27, 2014, at 6:02 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 27, 2014, at 7:14 p.m.

VAN BUREN, Maine — A Caribou man was charged with a number of crimes on Sunday morning after he allegedly stole a tractor-trailer in Van Buren.

The Van Buren Police Department contacted various police departments about 11:30 p.m. Saturday asking officers to be on the lookout for a blue 2013 Volvo Bobtail truck that belonged to Vaillancourt Transport, Maine State Police Sgt. Josh Haines said Monday.

The vehicle was believed to be traveling south from Van Buren, according to Haines. Just before 1 a.m. Sunday, Trooper Rob Flynn saw the tractor-trailer on U.S. Route 1 in Caribou and stopped the vehicle.

Matthew Sands, 31, of Caribou reportedly was behind the wheel. Flynn arrested Sands without incident and charged him with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, operating after suspension and other motor vehicle offenses.

Haines said that the Van Buren Police Department remained the primary investigating agency on the motor vehicle theft, while state police made the vehicle recovery and addressed the traffic-related conduct.

The truck was valued at $120,000, according to Haines.