WELLS, Maine — While some Wells residents evacuated the town’s coastal areas Monday night to escape the effect of Hurricane Sandy, police are charging five individuals for going the other way and allegedly breaking into a vacant beach house for a storm party.

Wells police announced Tuesday afternoon that officers found an alleged party at 503 Ocean Ave. around 3 a.m. Tuesday morning, during some of the most violent of Hurricane Sandy’s winds in Maine.

Charged with criminal trespass in the incident were Robert LaPointe, 26, of York; Mark Brown, 45, North Charlestown, S.C.; Max Clayton, 26, Cape Neddick; Emily Barnstead, 25, York Beach; and Joshua McClain, 35, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

“They had entered a vacant residence that banks had foreclosed on quite some time ago,” police said in a prepared statement. “Police were keeping an eye on the property per request of the Wells code enforcement officer. Police had responded to the smell of smoke and discovered the ‘storm party.’ The Realtor handling the property was notified and will be checking for damage [possibly] caused by the group.”

Seth Koenig

Seth has nearly a decade of professional journalism experience and writes about the greater Portland region.