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Presque Isle police arrest two in year-old case involving RV thefts

By Kathy McCarty, Presque Isle Star Herald

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Two Caribou males have been arrested in connection with a burglary at a local RV dealer on the Houlton Road that occurred in August 2011.

“A concerned citizen contacted the Presque Isle Police Department early on the morning of Oct. 8 to report a suspicious vehicle at McCluskey’s RV Center on the Houlton Road. I and Officer Joey Seeley responded and apprehended two Caribou males in a car hidden behind the camper recreational vehicles,” said Presque Isle police Cpl. Wayne Selfridge.

As a result of the investigation, 21-year-old Matthew Cocheran and a 17-year-old juvenile were arrested. The juvenile’s name is not being released because of his age.

“Cocheran was charged with felony burglary and theft stemming from a cold case burglary in 2011 at McCluskey’s RV business. At that time, several televisions were stolen,” said Selfridge.

In the initial report of the 2011 burglary, business owner Gary McCluskey indicated several power cords had been stolen from RV’s parked on the lot and at least five flat screen televisions were taken from the campers. The estimated value of the stolen property was $2,700. Officer Brian McQuarrie investigated but was unable to determine who was responsible.

Selfridge said Cocheran also has been charged with possession of a schedule Z drug.

“Due to their presence to commit further crimes, both Cocheran and the adolescent were also charged with conspiracy to commit burglary and theft, as well as possession of burglary tools. The juvenile was additionally charged with receiving stolen property,” said Selfridge.

Police were able to recover one of the televisions from the 2011 theft.

The juvenile was released to a parent with a December court date.

Cocheran could not make the $5,000 cash or $20,000 surety bail and is being held in the Aroostook County Jail, Selfridge said, with a court date scheduled in November.

Presque Isle police Detective Bill Scull assisted in the case.

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