BELFAST — A Waldo County grand jury has indicted three Bangor men for three burglaries in Winterport.
One of the men also has been charged with two burglaries in Bangor, and a deputy with the Waldo County Sheriff’s Department said he expects the men will be linked to more break-ins in Bangor as the investigation continues.
Indicted Wednesday in Waldo County were Brandon Ogilvie, 18, Jason Nason, 18, and Joseph Pettegrow, 19, all of Bangor.
Pettegrow was arrested Monday and released on bail from the Waldo County Jail. Ogilvie, who was also arrested in two Bangor thefts, is being held at the Penobscot County Jail. Nason had not been arrested Thursday.
According to Chad Cunningham, a deputy with the Waldo County Sheriff’s Department, the spate of burglaries began in Winterport around Christmas Day.
Gail O’Brien, 81, returned to her home on Route 1A after celebrating Christmas at her son’s house. She discovered that cameras, jewelry, a television set, a small fire safe and other items had been taken. “My house was a shambles,” she said Thursday. “They’d ransacked everything. They ripped apart all the Christmas presents they found.”
O’Brien said she saw Pettegrow arrested Monday — he was living only two houses away from O’Brien’s home.
On the evening of Jan. 2, Deputy Aaron Hayden had stopped three men in dark clothing who were walking along Route 1A in Winterport. Cunningham said Hayden stopped them because their actions appeared suspicious, in part because their pant legs were wet up to the knees. Hayden asked for identification and filed a report listing the men’s names: Ogilvie, Nason and Pettegrow.
And in what seemed merely an oddity to Hayden at the time, Nason was wearing white military gloves. An extra pair of those gloves dropped out of Nason’s pocket, but Nason denied they were his when the deputy picked them up and tried to give them back to Nason. The deputy kept the gloves, which were subsequently discovered to be pallbearer’s gloves that had been stolen from a Bangor funeral home, Cunningham said.
On Jan. 25, Cunningham was called to property owned by Clyde Souder on Main Street in Winterport. There Souder said a storage garage had been broken into and some oak furniture stolen.
Souder rented the house on the property to John Pettegrow, whose son, Joseph Pettegrow, lived with him periodically. Cunningham, remembering that the younger Pettegrow had been identified as being in the area in Hayden’s report, asked John Pettegrow if he could look through the house.
After getting permission, Cunningham went to the son’s bedroom and found credit cards, passports and other valuables that he recognized were from recent burglaries in Bangor. In the basement he found items stolen from O’Brien’s house. In one corner of the basement that had been partitioned off with a drape, Cunningham found a carpeted area that had been used as a space for breaking into stolen safes with tire irons.
Shoe tracks left at the O’Brien break-in matched the distinct tread of boots and tennis shoes worn by Pettegrow and Ogilvie. After being arrested, Ogilvie confessed to the break-ins and also implicated Nason and Pettegrow, authorities said.
Nason and Ogilvie were also indicted for burglaries at homes owned by Lillian Timon and David Moulton, both on Route 1A in Winterport. Pettegrow was indicted for the Moulton break-in.
Sgt. Ronald Gastia of the Bangor Police Department declined to say whether the three men are suspects in break-ins in Bangor, other than the two burglaries Ogilvie has been charged with.