CARIBOU, Maine — Jason Jackson’s 16-year-old daughter, Alexis Belle, worked potato harvest and babysitting jobs to save enough money for the 2006 Honda CRV she purchased six months ago.
Sometime between midnight and 6 a.m. Monday, the car was stolen with the keys inside while parked outside of her Presque Isle residence.
The car was recovered later Monday morning in Caribou, covered with mud inside and out. Missing from it was the dress she just purchased with her own money for next Saturday’s high school prom, according to Jackson.
The theft appears to be connected to at least two other reported car thefts that took place over the weekend, including two BMWs stolen in the Caribou area, according to Caribou Police officer Keith Ouellette.
Belle’s car was found in a ditch at the veterans’ cemetery in Caribou just after 6 a.m., and the BMWs were recovered in the Woodland area soon after, Ouellette said Monday afternoon.
All three vehicles sustained some damage, and the ongoing investigation has yielded three suspects.
“Right now it looks like the cars were stolen for joyrides,” Ouellette said.
While glad to have her car back, Jackson said his daughter is feeling “violated” by the theft of its contents.
Along with the dress, other articles of clothing and her bookbag are missing.
“They went mudding and four-wheeling with it,” Jackson said. “They dented the sides, damaged the underneath [and] there is mud all through the inside on the steering wheel, the seats and everywhere.”
But worst of all was the missing blue prom dress.
“Prom is next Saturday,” Jackson said. “We will get her another [dress], but she really liked that one.”
Jackson is confident the thief or thieves will be apprehended, thanks to an outpouring of information coming in via social media.
“She posted it on Facebook and has been getting a lot of messages,” he said. “She is turning all that information over to the police.”
Meanwhile, Jackson said the damage to her car is repairable, and it can be cleaned up.
“She just got her driver’s license and has a good job,” he said. “She paid for that vehicle and for her gas with her own money. Now she feels violated that this happened.”
Anyone with information on this crime is encouraged to contact the Caribou Police Department at 493-3301.