BROOKSVILLE, Maine — A Deer Isle man is facing criminal charges after getting in trouble with police twice in less than 24 hours.

A 16-year-old boy, whom police did not identify because he is a juvenile, also is accused of being involved in both incidents.

Paul Murphy, 18, of Deer Isle and the boy were in a vehicle with another man, Ethan Hale, 18, of Brooksville, when police stopped the vehicle around 11 p.m. Sunday on Route 176, according to Deputy Ben Astbury of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department. The trio allegedly smashed a local man’s mailbox, then fled in the vehicle after the man confronted them, Astbury said.

Murphy was summoned on a charge of criminal mischief, Hale on a charge of possession of alcohol, and the juvenile on a charge of illegal transportation of liquor by a minor, the deputy said.

The next morning, the Sheriff’s Department received a report that someone had broken into Buck’s Harbor Market during the previous night. Small amounts of beer and cigarettes were stolen. Astbury said police considered Murphy, Hale and the boy as suspects in the burglary soon after they found out about it.

“Where I stopped the vehicle is within half a mile of the store,” the deputy said.

After further investigation, Murphy was charged with theft and the boy was charged with burglary and theft, Deputy Rob Morang wrote in a report about the incident.

Astbury said Murphy and Hale are scheduled to appear in Ellsworth District Court on June 2. The boy is expected to appear in a juvenile case session of Ellsworth District Court on July 10, he said.

Avatar photo

Bill Trotter

A news reporter in coastal Maine for more than 20 years, Bill Trotter writes about how the Atlantic Ocean and the state's iconic coastline help to shape the lives of coastal Maine residents and visitors....