SOUTH THOMASTON, Maine — A speeding Hummer caught the attention of police Tuesday night and led to a teen being charged with breaking into a home and stealing the vehicle.
The 15-year-old boy was charged with burglary, theft, criminal speeding, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and illegal transportation of liquor by a minor, Knox County Sheriff Donna Dennison said Thursday.
Deputy Paul Spear was on patrol and spotted the Hummer driving 80 mph in a 50-mph zone along Route 1 near the Dragon cement plant in Thomaston at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. The deputy pursued the vehicle and the youth pulled over, the sheriff said.
Upon investigation, the officer learned that the teen had broken into a residence in the village area of South Thomaston. The owner was out of state, and the teen took the keys and left with the Hummer, she said.
He said it is unknown whether anything else was stolen from the home and will not be known until the owner returns.
The teen’s mother is deceased and his father could not be located, so the youth was turned over to another family member, the sheriff said. The name of the youth is not being released because he is a juvenile.