RAYMOND, Maine — An Auburn man and a Lewiston woman were arrested Wednesday shortly after a Raymond woman called 911 to report a burglary in progress, Cumberland County sheriff’s Capt. Shawn O’Leary said in a news release.
The incident that led to the arrests began shortly after 11 a.m., when Georgette Ouellette of Webb’s Mill Road called police to report that a male had forcibly broken a door window and entered her residence, O’Leary said.
After being confronted by Ouellette, the man — later identified as Dean Fitzherbert, 41, fled the residence. He later was seen leaving the area in a Dodge Neon sedan. Ouellette was able to provide an excellent physical description of Fitzherbert and a female passenger, later identified as Christina DeStefano, 30, O’Leary said.
Upon gathering this information Cumberland County Regional Communications Center notified area deputies and law enforcement agencies. While on routine patrol, Maine State Trooper Joe Bureau spotted a vehicle matching the description and conduct a traffic stop.
After a brief investigation, Fitzherbert and DeStefano were arrested. Fitzherbert was charged with burglary, theft and violation of conditional release, while DeStefano was charged with burglary, theft, violation of conditional release and failure to appear, O’Leary said.
Both were taken to Cumberland County Jail and are scheduled to appear before a judge on Thursday.
The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office’s Criminal Investigations Division is coordinating with other law enforcement agencies to determine if the pair are involved in other residential burglaries in the area because several items discovered in the vehicle they were in are suspected of being stolen, O’Leary said.