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Police say firearms recovered in wake of burglary ring arrests

Eleven stolen guns have been recovered as part of the investigation into a burglary ring that officials broke up this month, the Maine State Police reported.

York County Sheriff's deputies received a tip Monday of where to find the guns and on Monday night went to a home on the Hurlin Smith Road in Buxton, police reported. The guns were located inside a house, police said. The tip followed a news release Monday that deputies and State Police had arrested three persons responsible for upwards of 20 burglaries in the past two months in three counties.

Maine State Police and the York County Sheriff's Office arrested three York County residents on numerous burglary and theft charges that took place in York, Cumberland and Oxford counties in the past two months, the Maine State Police reported. Arrested were Christopher Michaud, 23, from Limerick; Cole Meserve, 20, from Standish; and Amber Meserve, 21, of Limerick, police said. The two Meserves are brother and sister.

Recovered Monday night were a 50-caliber sniper rifle, three Ruger special edition pistols and three assault rifles. Investigators said there still may be three or four guns unaccounted for.

Monday the three young suspects made their first court appearance, and bail was increased for the trio. All remain at the York County Jail. Cole Meserve's bail is now $15,000, while the other two have bail amounts of $20,000 each, police said.

State Police initially reported that a second woman, as yet unidentified, was likely to be charged after investigators located a large amount of heroin during one of the searches.

No additional charges were lodged following the recovery of the guns, but investigators expect additional arrests in the near future, police said.

Trooper Jeremy Forbes, who is the troop investigator at the State Police barracks in Alfred, said the suspects were responsible for over 20 burglaries and were using the money generated by the stolen items to buy drugs.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 20:29

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Convicted 'peeping Tom' sought by Bath Police Department

The Bath Police Department put out word Tuesday that the department needed the public's help in locating 54-year-old Stephen McIntire, a convicted sex offender that has failed to meet his registration requirements since August. McIntire is also suspected of committing violation of privacy and criminal trespass, police said, noting that violation of privacy in Maine means breaking the "Peeping Tom" law.11-28-14-BPD-sex-offender

In late October and early November, the Bath Police Department responded to the Hyde School campus on multiple occasions for reports of an adult male looking in dormitory windows. On one of the occasions a hidden video camera captured images of the man as he peered into one of the windows, police said. The man was subsequently identified by the Bath Police Department as McIntire, police said.

The Bath Police Department's Detective Division has obtained a warrant for McIntire's arrest for failure to comply with the sex offender notification act, violation of privacy and criminal trespass.

McIntire was convicted for a 1997 gross sexual assault and in 2004 for violation of privacy, police reported. For more information on McIntire's conviction visit the State of Maine's Sex Offender website at http://sor.informe.org.

The Bath Police Department asked anyone with information on McIntire's location to contact the Bath Police Department Detective Division at 443-8367.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 22:33

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Trio arrested in massive York County burglary sting

Maine State Police and the York County Sheriff's Office have arrested three York County residents on numerous burglary and theft charges that took place in York, Cumberland and Oxford counties in the past two months, the Maine State Police reported. Arrested were Christopher Michaud, 23, from Limerick; Cole Meserve, 20, from Standish; and Amber Meserve, 21, of Limerick, police said. The two Meserves are brother and sister.11-25-14-MSP-burglary-Amber-Meserve

The trio was being held at the York County Jail on $10,000 bail each, with arraignment in Springvale District Court.

Troopers, deputies and local police departments have been investigating daytime residential burglaries in Sebago, Brownfield, Denmark, Gorham, Limington, Limerick, Dayton and Lyman since October, the Maine State Police reported. Entry into the houses was made by kicking in doors. Stolen were over 20 guns, electronics, jewelry, cash, racing dirt bikes and marijuana, police said.11-25-14-MSP-burglary-Christopher-Michaud

Trooper Jeremy Forbes, who is the troop investigator at the State Police barracks in Alfred, said the trio is responsible for over 20 burglaries and were using the money generated by the stolen items to buy drugs.11-25-14-MSP-burglary-Cole-Meserve

Search warrants were issued last week, and two houses in Limerick and Buxton were searched Friday and early Saturday morning. Also searched was a self-storage locker facility in Limerick. Investigators recovered several guns, three dirt bikes, televisions, computers and other electronic devices. Also seized was a large amount of marijuana.

It is believed that Amber Meserve had her two small children in her vehicle during some of the burglaries, police said. A second woman is likely to be charged later after investigators located a large amount of heroin during one of the searches.

Several of the stolen firearms have yet to be located and State Police are requesting anybody with information to call the State Police in Gray at 657-3030 and ask for Trooper Jeremy Forbes.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 01:59

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'Lucky' West Gardiner teen escapes devastating crash

A West Gardiner teenager is lucky to be alive after his car was involved in a violent one-car crash on High Street in West Gardiner early Sunday morning, the Maine State Police reported. The 16-year-old boy lost control at the crest of hill and the car struck a utility pole, breaking it off at the ground. The car then overturned several times and came to rest on its wheels, police reported.11-25-14-MSP-gardiner-crash

The impact tore the engine from the car's frame. Trooper Seth Allen and Eric Verhille are investigating the wreck and said speed and alcohol are the likely causes. It is expected the teenager will be charged, and the boy's name is not being released. The boy was examined at the scene by Gardiner Rescue for minor injuries and released to family members. The troopers said the boy had just dropped off a friend a short time before the crash.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 01:59

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