EASTON, Maine — Officials with the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office are seeking the public’s help in locating a suspect or suspects responsible for a recent break-in and theft of several guns from an Easton homeowner.
The Nov. 28 incident has caught the attention of Aroostook County Crime Stoppers, the nonprofit organization that has made it their crime of the month, offering $1,000 reward for information leading to an indictment.
According to sheriff’s office investigators, an Easton man was watching the home while his brother was away. On Nov. 28, the Easton man arrived at his brother’s home and discovered a back window in the home had been broken. He called the police to have them come check the home with him because he feared the perpetrator might still be inside.
No one was in the house when the officer arrived. Investigators determined the break-in took place between Nov. 25 and 28.
Four guns were reported stolen — a 12-gauge pump action shotgun, a .22-caliber rifle, a .30-.30 lever action Winchester rifle, and a Harrington and Richardson 20-gauge break-open single shot shotgun with serial number AY413838. The value of the firearms is estimated at more than $1,500.
The brother then reported a second incident on Dec. 5 at the same property after spotting large footprints around the garage area. He also found that the screens on some windows of the garage had been cut as if someone had tried to make entry into the garage, according to police. It did not appear that the vandal or vandals had made entry into the garage. Police tracked the footprints from the garage to a nearby road and gathered unspecified evidence from the scene.
Anyone with information on these crimes or any other crimes are urged to call the Aroostook County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-638-8477. That’s 1-800-638-TIPS. The information can be provided anonymously, though anyone providing information that leads to a grand jury indictment on the Easton gun thefts is eligible for $1,000 reward. Crime Stoppers will also pay for information on other felony crimes.