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Criminal Mischief - (11/04/15)

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Break-in in Enfield

ENFIELD The Maine State Police are asking the public to come forward about a burglary that occurred early Sunday morning at a store in Enfield.

On Nov. 1, at approximately 1:30 a.m., someone broke into the Bridge Street Market. The suspect is described as male, wearing jeans and a hooded sweatshirt. He used a crowbar to break through the front glass door. He stole $300 in a brown paper bag located in a drawer, according to police. Video of the break-in is available on our website and the Maine State Police's Facebook page.

Anyone with information should call the Maine State Police (207) 973-3700.

Robbery doesn't go well for robbers

WHITING The Washington County Sheriff's Office is investigating an armed robbery at a home in Whiting.

On Nov. 1, the Washington County Regional Communications Center received a 911 call from a man on the Gardner's Lake road in Whiting stating he had been robbed. The caller said two men in masks attempted to rob him at gunpoint shortly before 3 p.m. The home owner was armed and fired several shots into the ground as the men fled on foot. One or both men allegedly fired back at the home owner as they fled.

Sheriff's deputies, State Police, Marine Patrol and Warden Service responded to the scene. The homeowner was able to identify one of the assailants even though they tried to conceal their identities. Several empty shell casings were recovered at the scene along with evidence pointing towards the identity of one of the men.

Police began searching for Kristopher Preston, 28, and Richard Guptill, 28, both of Roques Bluff, in connection with the attempted robbery. Around 11:30 p.m., Preston was arrested by the State Police in Ellsworth for the attempted armed robbery and taken to the Hancock County Jail. Richard Guptill was reported to be at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg. Once Guptill was released from the hospital he was arrested for the attempted robbery and transported to the Washington County Jail.

The incident is still under investigation and further charges are likely.

Erratic driving complaint leads to OUI

BREWER A conscientious citizen called in an erratic vehicle that led to the arrest of an alleged impaired driver over the weekend.

On Nov. 1, around 6 p.m., Cpl. Amy Nickerson and Cpl. Bo Willey responded to the call of an erratic vehicle leaving a business on North Main Street in Brewer. The caller was able to provide a description of the vehicle as well as a plate number and continued following the vehicle while on the phone to dispatch.

Officers intercepted the vehicle on State Street and pulled it over. Cpl. Nickerson detected the odor of alcohol when speaking to the driver, who was identified as Joan O'Connell, 58, of Brewer. Nickerson administered field sobriety tests; O'Connell did not perform to the officer's satisfaction and was placed under arrest. She was then taken to the Penobscot County Jail and charged with operating under the influence.

Police bust mobile meth lab

ELLSWORTH One man is in custody after another meth lab was discovered inside a pickup truck in Ellsworth on Oct. 27.

The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency said Micah McGillicuddy, 27, of Houlton, has been charged with aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine. McGillicuddy is being held at the Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth. His pickup truck was towed overnight to the State Police barracks in Bangor and the MDEA meth lab team began securing the vehicle this afternoon in an adjacent parking lot.

Ellsworth Police discovered the meth lab in the truck on Oct. 27, when they were called to a suspicious vehicle parked along a private road, off Route 180. McGillicuddy fled into nearby woods after police found him in the truck. He was taken into custody on Oct. 28, and then taken to the Ellsworth hospital to be checked out after spending the night outside.

Searching for McGillicuddy overnight were Ellsworth and State Police, along with the Hancock County Sheriff's Office.

Hermon crack arrest

NOTE: The spelling is correct Kervin.

HERMON/ELLSWORTH A Bronx, New York man was charged this evening with felony drug offenses as part of an on-going investigation being conducted by agents assigned to MDEA's Down East Task Force based in Ellsworth. The investigation involves the importation of crack cocaine and heroin into Hancock County from out-of-state. A sizable amount of crack cocaine was seized in connection with this investigation.

With information gathered during this investigation, MDEA investigators were able to establish that a man from the Bronx, New York would be traveling by bus to the Bangor area. On Oct 29, agents approached Kervin Castillo, 22, after he got off a Greyhound bus in Hermon. A search of Castillo found about 41 grams of crack cocaine base, with a street value of $6,000.

Castillo was taken into custody and charged with class B trafficking in schedule W drugs (cocaine base). It is believed that Castillo was on his way to Hancock County to distribute the crack.

The number of out-of-state drug traffickers coming to areas of rural Maine is increasing at an unprecedented rate.

'This arrest and seizure represents a growing and troubling trend in Hancock County,' said Sheriff Scott Kane, who has deputies assigned to the MDEA . 'Identifying and dismantling drug trafficking organizations in Hancock County is a priority of my administration.'

This investigation is continuing and more arrests are possible.

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