WHITEFIELD, Maine — A three-month investigation of burglaries, thefts and vandalism led to charges against five Whitefield youths, ages 15 to 17, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department said Tuesday.

Sheriff’s Lt. Michael Murphy said the incidents involved theft of property from a car; burglary, theft and vandalism at Calvary Baptist Church; and three incidents at the Sheepscot Links golf course involving burglary, theft and vandalism,

Items stolen included keys, cash, alcohol, candy, soda, chips and golf balls, worth a total of about $200. Damage to doors, window screens and a soda machine totaled about $250, Murphy said.

One youth, who was considered the “common denominator in all the incidents,” remained in custody Tuesday at the Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland, Murphy said. The others have been released to their parents pending further action by the District Attorney’s Office and the juvenile court system.

Some of the youths also have been identified as being involved in the burglaries, thefts and vandalism at the snack shack belonging to the Whitefield Athletic Association. The estimate of that damage was $200.

Additional charges are expected soon, Murphy said.

Anyone having any information concerning these or similar incidents is asked to call Detective Ron Rollins of the Criminal Investigation Division at 882-7332.