Orrington homes burglarized as people slept inside, one victim says

Posted April 12, 2014, at 10:29 a.m.
Last modified April 12, 2014, at 12:12 p.m.

ORRINGTON, Maine — Several homes in town were burglarized overnight while the homeowners slept inside, including the home of Nick McCrea, a Bangor Daily News reporter.

“They got into the garage, which was unlocked. That won’t happen again,” he said Saturday morning by cellphone as he searched the area around his house on Bouchard Drive for items the criminal or criminals discarded from his mother’s purse.

After the burglar rummaged through the vehicles in the garage, the family assumes he or she spotted his mother’s purse on the kitchen table.

“They busted the lock open [to the house],” McCrea said. “She [his mother] thought it was me coming home from hanging out with friends. I was asleep and I live on the first floor.”

His mother got up after hearing the noise at about 3 a.m. to go to the bathroom and the family thinks the burglar heard her, grabbed the purse and ran. Family members have found some items from the purse, including a check for their church and some dollar bills, on the ground around the house.

When McCrea checked with his neighbors, he discovered several had been burglarized as people slept inside.

“Others probably haven’t woken up yet,” McCrea said.

Detective Andy Whitehouse of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the Orrington burglaries.

Veazie and Bangor have both been hit by home burglaries in the last week. Veazie police arrested a Connecticut man on burglary and numerous other charges on Thursday and reported a handful of other home invasions Friday morning.

Bangor police issued a warning for people to lock their homes and vehicles when they reported home and vehicle invasions on the east side of Bangor earlier this week.