PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Police in Presque Isle have charged a 17-year-old juvenile in connection with two vehicle break-ins and the ongoing investigation may link the youth to a string of similar burglaries that took place over the past several days.
“Last night we charged the juvenile with two counts of burglary,” Presque Isle police Deputy Chief Laurie Kelly said Tuesday. “He could be involved in the other [burglaries].”
Kelly said residents began reporting stolen items taken from their unlocked homes early Sunday morning and the reports continued to trickle in through Tuesday morning, with the count up to 16 by midday.
Items taken include electronic devices such as iPods, coins and one firearm, Kelly said.
“In some cases, the car owners reported it was obvious someone had rummaged through the car, but nothing was taken,” she said. In those cases, items such as credit cards or gift cards were left behind.
The break-ins occurred over an area that includes Dudley, Barton, Cedar and Hardy streets in Presque Isle, Kelly said.
“We are definitely encouraging people to lock their car doors,” she said. “If anyone notices anything missing from their cars they should let us know.”
The burglaries remain under investigation by the Presque Isle Police Department and anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the department at 764-4476.
No court date has been set for the juvenile, who was released into the custody of his guardians, Kelly said.