May 25, 2018
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Two men arrested after allegedly attempting to break into storage garages in Monroe

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

MONROE, Maine — Police put Monroe Elementary School on lockdown Monday morning after an attempted burglary at two nearby storage garages led to a confrontation and a gunshot.

Deputy Nick Oettinger of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office said that the owner of the garages interrupted two men breaking into his property. The owner, who was armed, was holding one of the men at gunpoint when the other started to run away. He fired a warning shot into the ground to try and get him to stop running, Oettinger said, but the man escaped into the woods.

“It was close enough to the Monroe Elementary School where we were looking for the other subject that we put it on lockup,” Oettinger said.

That means no one could get into the school, though students were free to move around inside it, he said.

Law enforcement agents from the sheriff’s office and the Maine State Police searched for the second man, eventually finding and arresting him when he emerged on a road, the deputy said.

Both men, Robert Wright and Stephen Wright, were taken into police custody, he said. Their towns and ages were not immediately available, although the two are from Waldo County, according to an official at Waldo County Jail in Belfast.

Robert Wright was charged with Class C burglary, Class D criminal trespass and Class E violation of conditions of release from a previous charge.

Stephen Wright was charged with Class C burglary and Class D criminal trespass. He was released later Monday on $750 cash bail, the official said.

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