VEAZIE — Police have arrested three juveniles in connection with 12 burglaries to area vehicles, residences and businesses.
Veazie patrolmen Brad Johnson and Eric Lundgren took into custody a 15-year-old from Hermon and a 16-year-old from Veazie on Saturday night and arrested another 16-year-old Monday.
According to Johnson, he and Lundgren found a path Wednesday leading to a vacant house reportedly containing stolen property. They placed the house under 24-hour surveillance. Two juveniles returned to the house about 10:40 p.m. Saturday, and one was arrested almost immediately, he said. The other youth fled and was arrested later at his home, Johnson said. The pair confessed to the burglaries and alerted police to a third teen who was taken into custody around 12:30 p.m. Monday, Johnson said.
The 101st Security Police Squadron from the Maine Air National Guard assisted police by providing night-vision goggles and bulletproof vests, Johnson said. The Army National Guard, Orono Police Department, Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department and state police have also helped in the investigation, he said.
Police estimate $1,000 in cash and property was taken from Bangor Hydro- Electric Co., Gerry’s Used Cars, and Flagg R M Hotel & Restaurant Equipment Co., as well as from individuals. The youths have been released into their parents’ custody.