Teenagers indicted in Blue Hill-area burglaries

Posted Aug. 12, 2014, at 2:27 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 14, 2014, at 5:15 p.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — Three teenagers accused of being involved in a series of burglaries in the Blue Hill area were indicted last week by the Hancock County grand jury.

Jordan T. Lord, 19, of Blue Hill is alleged to have been involved in three burglaries on the Blue Hill peninsula earlier this year. He was indicted Aug. 7 on two Class B charges of burglary, one Class C burglary charge, two counts of theft, one count of criminal mischief and one count of violating conditions of release. The burglary charges are felonies while the others are misdemeanors.

Class B crimes in Maine are punishable by up to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $20,000. A conviction on a Class C crime is punishable by up to five years in prison and a maximum fine of $5,000.

Lord, along with Beckton S. Brownlow, 18, of Blue Hill and a 17-year-old boy from Brooklin are accused of breaking into a Blue Hill screenprint shop on Jan. 20, according to police reports. Brownlow was indicted last week on a Class C burglary charge and a misdemeanor theft charge.

The trio is accused of stealing T-shirts, mugs, water bottles and a cash register that contained about $20 in change, Maine State Police said in a report on the incident. Police collected an empty can of Bud Light beer that was left behind at the crime scene as evidence. The loss to the business because of the incident is estimated to be $520.

Lord, Brownlow and the juvenile were identified as suspects a couple of months later after the shop owner found Brownlow’s driver’s license in the melting snow outside the shop, according to state police. The license had a mark on it that suggested it was used to help force open the shop’s locked door, a trooper said in an incident report.

Maine State Police indicated that Brownlow told a trooper that he and friends also broke into seasonal homes in Blue Hill earlier in the year but did not steal anything from them.

Lord also is accused of breaking into a house in Penobscot on April 8 and April 21. Elijah A. McCarthy, 19, of Penobscot was indicted last week on two Class B felony burglary charges and two misdemeanor charges — theft and criminal mischief — in connection with those same alleged break-ins.

In those alleged burglaries, Lord, McCarthy and two juveniles — a 17-year-old boy from Brooklin and another from Penobscot — are accused of breaking into a house on Gray Ridge Road that was being renovated, according to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department. The teenagers allegedly stole a case of beer on April 8, and on April 21, they are alleged to have vandalized the unoccupied home. According to police reports, the group sprayed a fire extinguisher on a pool table, damaged furniture with a saw, threw paint around on walls, windows and floors, and painted vulgar words and a swastika on a set of sliding glass doors.

A sheriff’s deputy found empty Budweiser cans inside the home after the property owner contacted police to report the April 21 break-in. The estimated cost of the damage to the unoccupied home is $1,920, according to the sheriff’s department.

The property owner told police that he had acquired the house in a foreclosure auction after Lord had lived there with his family, a deputy said in an incident report.

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