ROCKPORT — Police put the kibosh on the plans of four teens to loot liquor from a home on New Year’s Eve.
According to Rockport Police Chief Mark Kelley, his department received an anonymous phone tip at 9:36 p.m. Wednesday. The caller said he had seen four boys hanging around a home on Sea Street in Rockport, a house whose occupant the caller knew to be away at the time.
When officers Jason Luce and Jonathan Young arrived, one of the teens bolted from the house and escaped, but the officers cornered the other three.
The four boys — two 16-year-olds and two 15-year-olds from Lincolnville and Rockport — had kicked in the door and were gathering alcohol and other small items from the house, Kelley said. The air was thick with marijuana smoke, he said.
Three of the boys were taken into custody and charged with burglary and theft. They subsequently identified the fourth boy, whose parents brought him into the police station on New Year’s Day at the request of the police.
Kelley commended the anonymous caller. “It just goes to show,” Kelley said, “that no matter how trivial something might seem to people, these are the kinds of calls that lead to arrests.”