AUGUSTA, Maine — Two young men have been charged in connection with several tires being slashed throughout the city, according to Augusta Deputy Chief Jared Mills.

Dennis Morton, 19, and a 16-year-old male accomplice, both of Augusta, were caught by police in the act Saturday night and charged with 18 counts of criminal mischief, according to Mills.

The reports of slashed tires have occurred over a period of a few days prior to the suspects being caught, Mills said.

In addition to criminal mischief, Morton and the juvenile also were charged with one count of theft, according to Mills.

“This is a crime spree that would’ve continued if it weren’t for the coordinated effort that stopped these few suspects in their tracks,” Mills said in a statement.

Anyone who may have had their tires slashed but have not reported it should call Augusta police at 626-2370.

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Ryan McLaughlin

BDN sports freelancer Ryan McLaughlin grew up in Brewer and is a lifelong fan of the New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins.