Veazie police charge trio with stealing jewelry, electronics
By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff
VEAZIE, Maine — Two men and a woman are facing felony burglary charges in connection with the burglary of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and electronics from a home in the Silver Ridge neighborhood, Veazie Police Chief Mark Leonard said Thursday afternoon.
Charged with Class B felony burglary were: Timothy Starr, 25, whom police described as a local transient; Meghan Coulombe, 22, whose last known address was in Searsport; and Tyler Baker, 20, of Hampden, Leonard said. He said Coulombe also was charged with receiving stolen property.
All three are scheduled to make initial court appearances on June 18 at the Penobscot Judicial Center.
The three are accused of taking an estimated $15,000 worth of jewelry and a computer and video game system valued at about $1,000 during the burglary, which occurred on May 5, Leonard said.
Leonard said the three also are suspects in other open burglary cases and that additional charges might be filed.
On Thursday, Leonard attributed the charges to good police work on the part of his officers.
Leonard said that he and Officer Jacob Ferland began an investigation into the Silver Ridge burglary when it was reported but weren’t immediately able to identify a suspect or suspects.
Investigators, however, got a break in the case on May 25, when Officer Dain Bryant spotted a suspicious vehicle in a different subdivision, stopped it and identified the driver and passenger, Starr and Coulombe.
Veazie police then began looking into possible links between the two and the May 5 break-in.
“On the 29th of May, [Officer Ferland and Sgt. Keith Emery] interviewed those people and they ultimately confessed to the Silver Ridge burglary,” Leonard said.
Starr and Coulombe allegedly admitted they were planning another burglary on May 25 but got cold feet after their encounter with Bryant.
“They implicated a third person [Baker] and also admitted to numerous thefts at Walmart and Best Buy,” Leonard said, adding, “They said all of this [activity] was done to support a drug habit.”
Leonard said that some of the jewelry stolen during the Silver Ridge break-in has been recovered but that police believe the rest of the items have been sold at local pawn shops.
He asked that local pawn shop owners and employees who may have done business with the trio call Emery at the Veazie Police Department at 947-2358.