Steuben home invasion results in four arrests

Posted Dec. 21, 2010, at 11:33 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 7:20 a.m.

MACHIAS, Maine — Washington County deputies have arrested four people in connection with a home invasion, robbery and assault Monday night at a residence in Steuben.

Deputies and Milbridge police officers responded about 2 p.m. to a call for help from a homeowner on Pigeon Hill Road.

The homeowner, who police reported was pregnant, said she was assaulted after two men entered her home and stole money, prescription drugs and jewelry. She later was taken by ambulance to Mid-Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth, was treated and then released.

Within minutes of the victim’s call for help, police stopped a vehicle on the same road and arrested two of the robbery suspects. They were Samantha Richards, 19, and Jeremy Nason, 28, both of Milbridge.

According to Lt. Travis Willey of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, two other males were arrested several hours later when they sought shelter from the elements at a different residence on Pigeon Hill Road. They were Shawn Ashworth, 35, and Kyle Thebodeau, 22, both of Bangor. Willey said most of the property that was stolen in the robbery was recovered in the nearby woods.

All four were taken to the Washington County Jail, and Willey said further investigation revealed that Ashworth and Thebodeau also were responsible for two more burglaries in the Milbridge and Cherryfield areas. Through cooperating witnesses, two crime scene locations were identified in those towns, Willey said. Members of the Sheriff’s Office and Milbridge Police Department recovered several items stolen from those locations, he said. Some of this property has been identified by the victims and is being returned to them.

Nason and Richards were charged with robbery and released on $15,000 unsecured bail.

Bail for Thebodeau and Ashworth on two charges of burglary and one of robbery was set at $12,000 cash each. Both remained in the Washington County Jail on Tuesday.

Willey said the investigation continues as police try to determine whether any other area burglaries are related.

Anyone with further information should contact Willey at 255-4422.

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