April 04, 2020

2 charged in burglary of local veterans club

FRANKLIN – A local man and a Sullivan boy have been charged in connection with a burglary late last month at a local veterans club, according to police.

David Hudson, 19, of Franklin and a 15-year-old boy each have been charged with burglary, theft and criminal mischief for allegedly breaking into Franklin Veterans’ Club late March 26 or early March 27 and stealing $400 cash, liquor, beer and candy bars, Maine State Police Trooper Carlton Small said Monday. The boy was staying at Hudson’s home, which is near the club, the night the burglary occurred, Small said.

Hudson was arrested, while the boy was released into the custody of his parents. Hudson still was at Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth as of Monday evening.

Some of the liquor and candy bars were recovered in a field across Card’s Crossing Road from the club, according to Small.

“The money had already been spent and most of the alcohol consumed,” the trooper said.

Small has said police believe the burglary was committed by teenage boys who were in the area riding all-terrain vehicles. A security camera installed outside the club filmed the burglars and recorded the sound of ATVs being operated near the club around the time the burglary occurred, he said last week.

Small said Monday the case remains under investigation and that police still are trying to enhance video footage of the people filmed by the security camera. He declined to say how police identified Hudson and the boy as the alleged burglars.

Small said that, aside from the burglary investigation, police continue to crack down on the illegal operation of ATVs in Franklin, an issue that has prompted many complaints to police from Franklin residents.

The trooper said he assisted the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department last weekend in stopping two ATV users who were operating their machines on Route 200.

According to Sheriff’s Department records, Willy E. Cottle, 22, of Ellsworth and Richard S. Bryer, 24, of Bangor were summoned Saturday on charges of operating an ATV on a public way and operating an unregistered ATV. Each man’s ATV also was impounded for 24 hours, the records indicate.

“We’re still continuing the policy of zero tolerance,” Small said.

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