Drunk man breaks into house he thought was his, Old Town police say

Posted April 25, 2012, at 2:22 p.m.
Last modified April 25, 2012, at 3:06 p.m.

OLD TOWN, Maine — An intoxicated man apparently thought he was at his house on Saturday and when he couldn’t get in, he decided to break in and was caught by the homeowner, Old Town police Sgt. Scott Casey said Monday.

Police were called at around 2:50 a.m. for “a report that someone was trying to gain entry through a window,” the sergeant said.

When Sgt. Mike Hashey arrived he found Derek Bowen, 22, sitting on the front steps and there was a hole in the screen, Casey said. Bowen lives on nearby Center Street.

“He was intoxicated and was at the wrong place and ended up breaking in,” the sergeant said.

The homeowners were awakened by Bowen’s attempts to gain entry into their home, Casey said.

Bowen was arrested and charged with felony burglary and criminal mischief. He was taken to the Penobscot County Jail and later released, Casey said.