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Trio charged with arson after allegedly torching bulldozer

By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff

Three men who allegedly set fire to a bulldozer earlier this month in Sandy River Plantation, near Rangeley, face arson charges.

Police in Gardner, Massachusetts, arrested Michael Stanley, 23, on Nov. 22, according to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland. He’s expected to be brought back to Maine to face an arson charge and possibly others.

Earlier this month, police arrested two Maine men, Alexander Allen, 37, and Devon Clark, 18, both of Dallas Plantation, for the same crime.

On Nov. 14, hunters discovered an abandoned excavator and bulldozer The construction equipment, owned by Wilton-based Cousineau Inc., had been stolen and taken for a joy ride on Beech Hill Road, according to investigators.

The excavator wasn’t damaged, but the bulldozer had been driven into a swamp and set on fire, causing an estimated $100,000 in damage, McCausland said.

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