BELFAST, Maine - Two men were jailed early Thursday after they were apprehended shortly after they allegedly broke into and stole a pickup truck parked outside a downtown bar.
Jonathan R. Hodgkins, 23, of Belfast was being held at Waldo County Jail on $500 bail on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants, operating a motor vehicle after having been declared a habitual offender of motor vehicle laws and unauthorized use of property.
His companion, Jason W. York, 31, of Brooks, is being held on $400 bail on charges of unlawful use of property, unlawful use of a driver’ s license and violation of conditions of release.
Patrolman Howard Dakin said the incident began around 1 a.m. Thursday when Stockton Springs resident Sean Howard, a patron at Club 132, left his locked Ford F-350 pickup out front after closing time and got a ride home.
A short time later, Hodgkins and York allegedly were observed breaking the rear window of the truck and driving off. The witness phoned police and followed the truck as it headed south out of town. The truck pulled behind the Irving Mainway on U.S. Route 1. Sgt. John Gibbs arrived at the store moments later and took the two men into custody.
Police left messages on Howard’ s answering machine informing him that his truck had been stolen and recovered. When Howard was asked whether anything was missing, he replied that $600 had been taken from the truck’ s center console. Dakin said $546 was recovered at the jail.
“He was going to use it to bail himself out with,” Dakin said of Hodgkins. Additional charges were being considered, he said.