December 19, 2018
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Belfast man accused of hoarding $20,000 worth of stolen goods

Belfast Police Department | BDN
Belfast Police Department | BDN
Peter McCaffrey

Police arrested a Belfast man who was hoarding thousands of dollars worth of stolen goods in his home.

From kayaks to blenders to chainsaws, Peter McCaffrey, 46, had allegedly stowed an estimated $20,000 worth of other people’s stuff in his house at 75 Lincolnville Ave., said Det. Gerry Lincoln.

McCaffrey has not been charged with stealing those items but is a suspect in the string of 20 burglaries that lead to the trove — thefts that have been ongoing in Greater Belfast since the summer, Lincoln said. The alleged thief hit home after home, most of which were unoccupied or under construction at the time, and mostly in downtown Belfast, he said. Lincoln would not say if police are investigating other suspects.

McCaffrey was arrested on Jan. 31 on charges of receiving stolen goods and violating bail conditions, said Lincoln, who did not know the details of McCaffrey’s previous criminal history. He was arraigned on Feb. 2 and released on bail, he said.

Authorities have made contact with the owners of the bikes, chairs, leaf blowers, and other assorted things found in McCaffrey’s possession — although for now, the items are evidence in an ongoing case and will stay in police custody until that investigation is complete.

Several of the items reported missing over the last several months were not found at McCaffrey’s home, and police are unsure where they went, Lincoln said.

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