SOUTHPORT ISLAND, Maine — A Boothbay woman faces charges of burglary and theft after she allegedly stole items from Southport Island homes while the occupants were away.
Eva Mae Todd, 48, was arrested May 24 by deputies from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, according to a release from Lt. Michael Murphy.
A person staying at a home on Cape Newagen Road on Southport Island told sheriff’s deputies and detectives that day that the house had been entered and several articles of clothing had been stolen, Murphy said. Neighbors then shared information about “a suspicious woman” who had been seen in the area.
A witness reported seeing a woman, who allegedly was wearing some of the stolen clothing, with two bags of clothes, according to Murphy. When a resident confronted her, the woman — allegedly identified as Todd — attempted to drive away in a green 1999 Saab convertible, which was parked nearby. When the vehicle was blocked in by another vehicle, the woman drove over rocks and a lawn in order to escape, he said.
Boothbay Harbor police stopped Todd’s vehicle later that day, and she was arrested by a Lincoln County detective on a Class B charge of felony burglary and a misdemeanor charge of theft, Murphy said. She was taken to Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset and released on an undetermined bail, Murphy said.
During a subsequent search of Todd’s vehicle, officials discovered a purse they believe was stolen in Vassalboro in April and are investigating another possibly connected theft in Bowdoin.
Further charges are anticipated, Murphy said. He asked anyone with information about the case to call Lincoln County detective Scott Hayden at 882-7332.