May 27, 2018
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Brunswick trio busted after taking stolen laptop to computer shop

By Beth Brogan, Times Record

BRUNSWICK, Maine — Three Brunswick men were charged Friday with theft by receiving stolen property after police say one of them stole a computer, another one purchased it, and the third one took it to a local business to have the password disabled.

Gerard Dube, 60, Christopher Lobdell, 21, and Charles McKenney, 70, all face Nov. 8 appearances in West Bath District Court to answer the charges, Deputy Chief Marc Hagan of the Brunswick Police Department said Tuesday.

According to Hagan, an employee of Acme Computer on Old Bath Road notified police midday Friday that Dube brought in a laptop computer and asked to have a password disabled. The man said his grandson — Lobdell — bought it from a friend “for a very minimal amount,” but the employee recognized the computer as “a very expensive brand,” Hagan said.

After discovering the owner’s name, address and phone number embedded in the laptop, the employee contacted the owner — a Brunswick resident — who said he had reported the laptop stolen from a Pleasant Street motel.

Police asked the employee to call Dube, and when he arrived they charged him with theft by receiving stolen property.

Lobdell, who allegedly asked Dube to disable the password, was charged with the same crime, as was McKenney, who allegedly stole the laptop.

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