May 21, 2018
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Houlton man spotted in car arrested on burglary charge

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

HOULTON, Maine — A Houlton man was arrested early Monday morning after a car burglary.

The incident took place just before 1:30 a.m., Houlton Police Chief Butch Asselin said Monday.

According to the chief, Houlton police Sgt. Fred Parker was patrolling on Broadway Street in town when he got a glimpse of a person leaning across the driver’s seat of a gold Toyota Camry. The driver’s side door of the vehicle was open at the time.

Parker drove past the car and then turned his cruiser around and went back to the scene.

The sergeant saw Ray W. Varney, 21, crouching between the car and another vehicle. Parker identified himself and Varney reportedly attempted to conceal himself further.

Parker ordered Varney to stand up and determined that he was not armed.

The chief said that Varney indicated the vehicle wasn’t his and that he was just waiting for a ride.

Parker contacted the Police Department for information on the vehicle, and the owner of the car overheard her vehicle information being broadcast over a scanner.

She arrived on the scene and told Parker that the vehicle had been entered and that someone had gone through the glove box and the vehicle’s interior.

Varney then was arrested on a charge of burglary of a motor vehicle, a Class C crime punishable by up to five years in prison.

Varney will answer to the charge in court May 5.

This is the second week in a row that vehicles have been burglarized in the downtown area. A 14-year-old boy was charged with burglary and theft last week after police received reports of more than two dozen vehicle burglaries or attempted burglaries in the community.

Asselin said police are reminding people always to secure their vehicle and remove valuables from view.

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