April 07, 2020

Pickup truck totaled in apparent arson

NORTHWEST PURCHASE TOWNSHIP – A Toyota pickup truck was destroyed in an apparent arson and a camper trailer and storage shed vandalized in an incident early Thursday that state fire marshals are investigating.

A group of loggers, including its owner, found the burnt remnants of the unregistered 1988 Toyota as they walked to work shortly after 5 a.m.

They were in an area at the end of River Road, or Access Road, connecting Lincoln and Chester to Interstate 95’s exit 227, said Thomas Liba, a state Forest Ranger who responded to the fire because it is in Unorganized Territory.

“It was an old, beat-up backwoods truck that they used probably just in that area,” Penobscot County Deputy Sheriff David Duplisea said Thursday.

No firefighters were called to the scene. No one was injured, Liba said.

The camper trailer was old and probably abandoned, but it was heavily vandalized, with windows smashed out, said Duplisea, who was called to the scene at about 5:40 a.m.

“It was totally destroyed,” he said. “They [vandals] tore it all up.”

The 10×10-foot shed was flipped over and probably is salvageable, he said.

Investigators from the State Fire Marshal’s Office collected shotgun shells, beer bottles and other evidence for processing, Duplisea said.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Duplisea at 947-4585.

Correction: This article appeared on page B3 in the State edition.

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