2 teens suspected in Washington County camp thefts

Posted Aug. 26, 2014, at 11:35 a.m.

MACHIAS, Maine — Two juveniles have been identified as suspects in a series of burglaries at four seasonal camps in the vicinity of Lower Oxbrook Lake, and nearly all of the stolen property has been recovered, Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith reported Tuesday.

Both suspects, 17-year-old males, cooperated with investigators, said Smith.

The youths were not arrested, but the cases will be turned over to a juvenile corrections officer and the local District Attorney’s office. The teens could be charged with burglary, felony theft of firearms, felony theft of property and criminal mischief, according to Smith.

The burglaries occurred in the early morning of Aug. 17. The stolen goods included an all-terrain vehicle, guns, chainsaws, hunting bows, walkie-talkie radios and tools with a combined value of more than $4,000.

Besides the thefts, there was property damage estimated in the hundreds of dollars, according to Smith.

Some of the stolen items were recovered at the suspects’ homes, and some were recovered at three sites in forested areas near the lake, which is in a remote area north of Grand Lake Stream.

The stolen goods were recovered by members of the Sheriff’s Office, Indian Township Warden Service and the Maine Warden Service. The secured property will be returned to the victims at a later date.

Investigators were able to identify the two suspects based on physical evidence at the scenes, statements from witnesses and community awareness, said Smith.


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