VEAZIE, Maine — Two Hancock County men have been charged in connection with a series of burglaries that took place between late January and early February in a Veazie neighborhood.

Veazie Police Chief Mark Leonard said last week that two separate burglaries occurred on Jan. 23 on Jackson Drive and Buck Hill. One of those homes was burglarized a second time on Feb. 3. The suspects forced entry each time and left with checkbooks and electronics, according to Leonard.

“That’s a very nice area in there, and a lot of people in the neighborhood were very nervous,” Leonard said.

The owner of the checks informed police when a check that the owner didn’t write cleared after being used to make a purchase at the Circle K convenience store on Main Street in Bangor.

Police reviewed surveillance tapes, which showed a silver Jeep Grand Cherokee, and used it to compile a list of suspects.

Later, staff at the Finish Line in the Bangor Mall contacted police to notify them that Matthew Blethen, 19, of Ellsworth attempted to purchase about $500 in merchandise with a check that didn’t have his name.

“We were able to find Mr. Blethen and conducted a couple interviews with him,” Leonard said. Blethen confessed and identified another suspect, Gerald Williams, 18, of Bucksport, who also confessed after questioning.

Police filed charges on Feb. 28.

“They went through dresser drawers and medicine cabinets,” Leonard said. “They said they were looking for money. I’d question if that’s what they were really looking for.”

Leonard said the two men informed him that they thought they were still in Bangor when searching for homes that looked empty to break into.

Blethen faces three counts of burglary, two counts of forgery and two counts of negotiating a worthless instrument. Williams is charged with three counts of burglary.

Leonard said police in Veazie and other communities would be investigating whether the pair might be involved in other crimes in the area.

Both men are scheduled to appear in court April 18. (Nick McCrea, BDN)