Couple jailed after Belfast home break-in

Posted April 19, 2010, at 9:38 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — A Stockton Springs husband and wife wound up in jail Saturday night after an alleged home break-in in Belfast.

According to the Belfast Police Department, the situation began when Owen Bucklin, 49, allegedly forced his way into a Penobscot Terrace apartment around 9 p.m. Saturday by breaking the door. Once he was inside, he demanded money he claimed was owed him from the woman who lived there, she later told police.

“He was threatening bodily harm,” said Officer Wendall Ward, who handled the incident. “The young lady was very frightened.”

Witnesses told police they heard Bucklin threaten to kill the woman, Ward said.

When police found Bucklin in another apartment in the same complex, he resisted arrest at first, according to Ward.

Officers eventually charged Bucklin with burglary, three counts of terrorizing and refusing to submit to arrest. They brought him to Waldo County Jail, with bail set at $1,000 cash and $5,000 surety.

Meanwhile, Bucklin’s wife, Sharon Bucklin, allegedly made threatening phone calls to the same victim, Ward said.

“She made threats to her life over the phone,” he said. “There were witnesses to that as well.”

Police arrested Sharon Bucklin and charged her with tampering with a witness and informant, terrorizing and harassment by telephone. She was transferred Saturday to Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset, with bail set at $400 cash.

Both Bucklins remained in their respective jails on Monday evening, according to a Waldo County corrections official.

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