Man accused of selling guns, then stealing them back from new owner
Waldo — A Belfast man was arrested on accusations that he stole three firearms from a Waldo man after selling the same firearms to that individual in recent months.
Lyle Littlefield, 28, of Belfast, was arrested on charges of three counts of theft of a firearm and one count of burglary following an investigation by the Waldo County Sheriff's Office.
Waldo County Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton said police received a complaint from a Waldo man who stated he noticed two of his firearms missing on the previous night, and described them as a shotgun and a handgun.
The complainant and Littlefield have some history with one another, said Trafton, and the complainant further told police he felt Littlefield was somehow involved in the thefts.
On March 15, the same complainant called again and reported that he discovered a third firearm missing from his home, and described that gun as an AR 15.
"He had bought that gun from Lyle Littlefield in February of this year," Trafton said.
After some investigation, Sgt. Dale Brown found the missing AR 15 at Outdoor Sportsman in Northport, where Trafton said records there showed that Littlefield had pawned that particular weapon.
From there, Trafton said it took some time before police were able to make contact with Littlefield.
"He did not cooperate at all," said Trafton.
On March 18, Trafton said police contacted Littlefield by phone and the next day, the officers spoke with Littlefield at a relative's home in Belfast.
"He denied knowing anything about the guns," said Trafton. "He denied taking them from [the complainant]."
From there, the officer explained to Littlefield that since the pawn records from the Northport business showed he had pawned one of the three missing guns, that gave police probable cause to charge him with breaking into the Waldo man's home and stealing the guns.
Trafton said Littlefield continued to deny his involvement while en route to the jail, but that officers were otherwise able to detain Littlefield without incident.
Littlefield is slated to appear at Waldo County Superior Court in Belfast Thursday, May 1.