Local couple arrested in connection with overnight 'crime spree'
Waldo County — A local duo have been arrested on multiple charges after police say they were involved in a motor vehicle theft and several burglaries between Saturday, Aug. 17, and Sunday, Aug. 18.
Jason Moulton, 31, of Searsport, was arrested on three counts of burglary, violating conditions of release, operating after suspension and theft by unauthorized use of property while his alleged accomplice, Nickie Amaro, 26, of Searsport, was charged with conspiracy to commit burglary and theft, burglary and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Waldo County Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton said the arrests came as the result of a panic alarm that went off at Perry's Store in Stockton Springs that came in to dispatch just before 5 a.m. Sunday morning. Trafton said an employee arrived to open the store and found a man who was later identified as Moulton inside the store.
Moulton fled the store and ran to an older model Chevrolet pickup, and a person who was outside the store offered a description of the vehicle, specifically noting one of the tail lights was hanging off the back of the truck.
The witnesses reported the truck was headed toward Bucksport, Trafton said, and Bucksport police were able to locate the truck and stop it. Deputy Darrin Moody arrived a short time later and recognized the male at the wheel as Moulton. Trafton said Jason Moulton denied that was his name and tried to tell officers he was actually a relative of his. However, Because Moody had dealt with Moulton previously, Trafton said he knew the driver of the truck was actually Jason Moulton.
And as police learned more about the alleged activities of the duo, Trafton said it became clear Perry's Store was not their only target.
“As the investigation unfolded, we saw they had basically been on a crime spree,” said Trafton. “They were involved in several vehicle burglaries around Swanville, and the vehicle they were driving was stolen out of Swanville.”
As the day wore on, Trafton said police received more reports of vehicle burglaries in the Swanville and Searsport area. Some of the alleged activity was more up close and personal in nature, Trafton said.
“We got a call from a woman who said Jason Moulton stole $80 from her on the seventeenth,” said Trafton. “She said he told her if she reported it to the police he'd kill her.”
The same complainant told police she believed Moulton returned to her residence later than night, broke in as she slept and stole her laptop.
Trafton said the matter remains under investigation, and information about Moulton's alleged activities in recent weeks have been coming in to police, too. Moutlon will also be charged in connection with a reported motor vehicle theft in Thorndike on July 30.
Trafton said neither Moulton nor Amaro gave police any information about the case.
“Neither one of them cooperated,” said Trafton.