EASTON, Maine — Two County men were arrested Tuesday afternoon after an off-duty Washburn police reserve officer spotted a stolen vehicle at the intersection of the Cleaves Road and Station Road in Easton and followed it roughly five miles to a local residence.
The white 2004 Pontiac van had been reported stolen the night before in Fort Fairfield, according to a press release issued Wednesday by Maine State Police Lt. John Cote.
Reserve officer Timothy Stitham encountered the vehicle at about 2:45 p.m. Tuesday and contacted the state police in Houlton as he followed the van to a home on Forest Avenue in Easton, according to Cote.
Trooper Robert Flynn arrived at the residence and arrested the van’s operator, Robert Fieler, on a charge of receiving stolen property, Cote reported.
Officers from the Fort Fairfield Police Department also were called to the residence to secure the van and provide details of their investigation into its theft.
During their investigation, police also learned that Fieler’s license was suspended and that he was on probation and currently out on bail. He then also was charged with violation of conditions of release and operating after suspension.
In addition, the owner of the Forest Avenue residence, Eric Brigman, 43, was arrested on an active warrant for failure to appear in Presque Isle District Court.
Both men were taken to the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton.
Further details about the theft and arrests was not immediately available.
Trooper Jeff Clark assisted in the investigation.