April 06, 2020

Checking of seasonal camps garners arrest

NEW PORTLAND — Somerset deputies who were checking remote seasonal camps Thursday at Hancock Pond ended up arresting a Clinton man on five outstanding warrants.

Steven Theriault, 31, was wanted by Waldo County Sheriff’s Department for failure to appear on five charges, including drunken driving and operating a vehicle after his license was suspended.

According to Somerset County Chief Deputy Paul Davis, the county has adopted a community outreach program to spot-check remote camps throughout the winter months. Deputy Ron Moody and Sgt. Bill Crawford were checking the Hancock Pond area Thursday and discovered three break-ins, two possible break-ins and one unlocked camp. The men were on snowmobiles while they checked about 65 camps.

“While they were there they saw two men coming onto the pond from between two camps and went to investigate,” said Davis. “The men said they were fishing.” Davis said that when the deputies ran an identification check, they discovered Theriault’s warrants.

Davis said Theriault was arrested and is being held at Somerset County Jail, unable to make the bail requirement of $5,000 cash.

Davis said various members of the department check camps weekly. He said there are too many ponds and lakes in Somerset County for all to be checked, but randomly checking camps is proving successful.

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