Veazie Police charge three with burglary

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.

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Veazie Police charge couple with drug trafficking

VEAZIE, Maine — A local couple was charged with felony drug trafficking after Veazie police executed a search warrant last week at their home in Greystone Trailer Park.

Seized during the April 4 search were nearly a pound of marijuana — separated into 25 plastic bags apparently ready for sale — and drug paraphernalia, Veazie police Sgt. Keith Emery said Wednesday.

Police also found a stolen Maine Department of Transportation stop sign in the couple’s bedroom, Emery said.

Nicholas Guiod, 28, is charged with Class C unlawful trafficking in marijuana, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000, sale and use of drug paraphernalia, and receiving stolen property, Emery said.

Although Emery said the police report indicated that Guiod “took full responsibility” for the contraband, his 24-year-old girlfriend, Jacki Lemerich, was charged with the same three offenses.

Lemerich, however, was not arrested because she has a child, Emery said.

Emery said Wednesday that Veazie police obtained a search warrant for the couple’s mobile home as the result of an investigation into alleged drug activity.

Guiod’s criminal history includes fines in 2007 and 2009 for operating a motor vehicle while his license was suspended or revoked and a fine in 2005 for marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession, according to the Bangor Daily News archives.

Guiod and Lemerich both are scheduled to appear at the Penobscot Judicial Center on May 23, Emery said.

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Veazie Police arrest man for destroying property

VEAZIE, Maine — A local man who reportedly destroyed property owned by the mother of his young child and another person just after noon Saturday was arrested shortly after taking the child and heading to Bangor, police say.

Stephen Gould, 27, was charged with domestic violence terrorizing and two counts of criminal mischief after he was stopped by police in the Queen City at about 2:25 p.m. Saturday, Veazie police Officer Jacob Ferland said Sunday.

“While he was destroying property, she was scared,” the officer said of the 34-year-old victim.

The incident does not involve any child custody issues and the child was not injured, Ferland stressed.

“I returned the child to the mother” only because “I brought him [Gould] to jail, so she needed to take the child,” the officer said.

He was taken to Penobscot County Jail after his arrest and later was released, a jail official said. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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