May 20, 2018
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Chain saw used to break into Lincoln home, police say

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

LINCOLN, Maine — Three men used a chain saw to break into the home of a man they know Saturday night, then commenced to vandalize the place, Lincoln Police Chief William Lawrence said Monday.

“They had taken a stolen chain saw from another residence and sawed the front porch post and around the door to gain entrance,” the police chief said of Douglas J. Burrill Sr., 25, of Lee and Danforth residents and brothers Darrin N. Cobb, 25 and Ryan D. Cobb, 27.

Lawrence did not indicate who wielded the chain saw, but did say all three were charged with felony burglary. Once inside, the trio — who police think were intoxicated and possibly under the influence of drugs — damaged a flat-screen TV, urinated and vomited, Lawrence said.

“We’re looking at criminal mischief charges as well,” the police chief said.

When Darrin Cobb made his first court appearance before Superior Court Justice William Anderson on Monday, his bail was set at $500.

“This was basically mindless destruction of someone else’s property by three people who were extremely drunk,” Anderson said.

The local resident was away from home when he got a call Saturday night that someone was inside his house and he called police. Local officers, including arresting officer Officer Mark Fucile, assisted by Maine State Police Trooper Tom Fiske and Deputy Michael Knights of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office, went to the house at about 7 p.m.

“They found two of the gentlemen … hiding in an upstairs bedroom closet,” Lawrence said.

The third suspect turned himself into police, he said.

Darrin Cobb’s criminal history includes convictions for carrying a concealed weapon, theft and criminal mischief, as well as a juvenile conviction for criminal threatening, Assistant District Attorney Brendan Trainor told the judge.

The bail for his brother, Ryan Cobb, who is on probation, was set at $1,000 cash, Anderson said, because he has a prior conviction for failure to appear. Trainor said Ryan Cobb also has a criminal history that includes convictions for criminal mischief, two counts of unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs and criminal trespass.

Bail for Burrill, who was charged with felony burglary and theft, was set at $500. He was convicted of disorderly conduct and sentenced in October to three days in jail, according to court listings printed in the Bangor Daily News. He also has another disorderly conduct conviction from 2010, the Bangor Daily News listings state.

All three remained in Penobscot County Jail in Bangor, a jail official said Monday afternoon.

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