Former reentry center resident charged in theft of firewood

By Tanya Mitchell | Sep 25, 2012
Source: Belfast Police Department Robert A. Porter, 47, of Belfast was summoned for theft after he reportedly admitted to police that he was the man in this image stealing firewood from an Oak Hill Road residence.

Belfast — Police have summoned a former resident of the Maine Coastal Regional Reentry Center on a theft charge after he reportedly admitted to stealing firewood from a residence on Oak Hill Road in Belfast on at least two occasions.

Robert A. Porter, 47, of Belfast and formerly of Newburgh, contacted police and admitted he was the person who went to the residence and stole firewood twice since Aug. 30, according to Belfast Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham.

At the time of the first theft, Cunningham said, Porter was residing in the area of Lake St. George in Liberty, but he had formerly lived near the residence on Oak Hill Road.

"He knew there was firewood there," said Cunningham.

On the second occasion, Cunningham said, a game camera captured images of a man who was later identified as Porter loading the wood into a Nissan Sentra that carried a Boston Bruins bumper sticker on the right rear of the vehicle.

Tuesday morning, Cunningham said, Porter contacted the police department and said he was responsible for the thefts.

Cunningham said Porter is not originally from this area, but began living in Waldo County after completing the pre-release program at the Maine Coastal Regional Reentry Center in Belfast.

Porter has a prior criminal history that includes burglary of a motor vehicle and theft charges that date back to 2002, Cunningham said.

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