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Suspects caught in recent Lake View break-ins

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 164, No. 35, August 28, 2002

By Sarah MacIlroy
Staff Writer

LAKE VIEW PLANTATION State police have arrested two suspects in connection with a string of break-ins last week around the Lake View Plantation area.

Trooper Adam Coover said that during routine patrolling on Aug. 21 he stopped a suspicious vehicle, which eventually led to the arrest of two Bangor men.

"The driver of the vehicle was under suspension, and during the course of the -interview... I saw some burglary tools in the vehicle," he said.

Lucas Winter, a 20-year-old from Bangor, and his passenger 18-year-old John Hallett, also of Bangor, confessed to the local break-ins.

"We did a search of the vehicle involved in the burglaries later, and recovered some more stolen merchandise," he said.

Coover said they believe the Bangor men were burglarizing camps in their search for alcohol, and in the process also damaged some camps. Between the stolen items and damage to the camps, Coover said the damage could easily reach $1,000.

During the course of their investigation, state police have been able to link the pair to at least eight other forced entries in the Lake View area, but Coover feels there could be more.

"We believe we've got the case tied up," he explained, "but it's just a matter of getting all the camps that have been broken into. It's a pretty big area... out in Fire Lane 5 and all the fire lanes off that. If people just go to their camp, even if they don't notice anything missing, if their camp has been forcibly entered, it's still a crime and they should still report it."

Those in the area whose camps have shown signs of forcible entry should call the Orono State Police barrracks at (800) 432-7381.

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