Alleged burglary leads to arrest of cousins after confrontation with armed homeowner
Monroe — Monroe Elementary School was placed on lockdown after a homeowner caught two men allegedly attempting to break into a storage shed on his property, which resulted in a gunshot being fired.
Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton of the Waldo County Sheriff's Office said deputies responded to the alleged break in Monday, June 9, at 10:05 a.m. The property owner went to check on a storage shed when he discovered two men attempting to break into the building, Trafton said.
The homeowner was armed at the time and he fired a warning shot into the ground, Trafton said. The two men, Stephen Wright, 45, of Newburgh, and his cousin, Robert Wright, 54, of Winterport, took off into the nearby woods when confronted by the homeowner, Trafton said.
However, one of the men returned after hearing the gunshot because he thought his cousin might have been shot. At that point, the homeowner held the man at gunpoint until officers arrived, Trafton said. A Maine State Police K9 unit that was responding to the scene spotted and arrested the other Wright.
Because of the proximity to the nearby Monroe Elementary School, when Regional School Unit 3 School Resource Officer Nick Oettinger heard about the attempted break in on his radio he placed the school under lockdown, which was then lifted once the Wrights were arrested.
Both men were taken to Waldo County Jail and charged with criminal trespass and burglary, Trafton said. Robert Wright was also charged with violating conditions of release.
A Waldo County Jail official said Stephen Wright was released on Monday after posting his $750 bail.