FORT KENT, Maine — Four teenagers from the St. John Valley were charged Thursday with burglary and theft in connection with a string of home and vehicle break-ins in Fort Kent, St. John and Frenchville in the early morning hours of April 5, according to Maine State Police.
Zachary McBreairty, 18, of St. John is charged with burglary and multiple counts of theft and burglary of motor vehicles, according to Sgt. Brian Harris.
Richard Lapointe, also 18 and from St. John, faces burglary and multiple theft charges. Tyler Babin, 18, of Fort Kent faces multiple theft charges, Harris said.
A 16-year-old boy from Fort Kent also faces burglary, criminal mischief and multiple theft and and vehicle burglary charges. His name is being withheld because of his age, Harris said.
The four are scheduled to appear in Caribou Superior Court on June 16.
According to Harris, the arrests were the result of a joint investigation by state police Troopers Corey Hafford, Deputy Corey Saucier of the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office and Fort Kent Police Chief Tom Pelletier.
State police had been called to a burglary report in St. John, where a large amount of medical marijuana was stolen, Harris said.
While investigating that crime, Hafford learned that there had been several other break-ins overnight that were being investigated by Fort Kent police and the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office.
In Fort Kent, police received a report of a car being burglarized. In Frenchville, the sheriff’s office received reports of three cars that were burglarized, with cash and property stolen.
Working together, Pelletier, Hafford and Saucier were able to identify four suspects, Harris said.
Some of the property stolen from the vehicles and some of the marijuana was recovered during the investigation, Harris said.
The investigation continues and additional charges are possible. Anyone with information related to the investigation is asked to call Maine State Police at 532-5400, the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office at 532-3471 or the Fort Kent Police Department at 834-6550.