Man indicted for thefts faces new charge in pinball machine case

Nov 20, 2012
Source: Waldo County Sheriff's Office Austin Stevens

Northport — A local man who was indicted by a Waldo County Grand Jury on theft charges late last week is now accused of helping another man steal a pinball machine from a residence in Northport Thursday, Nov. 15.

According to a press release from Lt. Jason Trundy of the Waldo County Sheriff's Office, 18-year-old Austin Stevens of Swanville and 24-year-old Dennis Merry Jr. of Searsport were each arrested on burglary charges Saturday, Nov. 17, following a police investigation.

Trundy reported that Maine State Police initially responded to the report of a residential break-in on Beach Hill Road in Northport, where the complainant reported the pinball machine stolen, as well as sections of insulated pipes.

Through his investigation, Trundy stated, WCSO Detective Merl Reed learned Stevens and Merry were responsible for the break-in. Reed has since recovered the pinball machine from Belfast residents who bought the machine after Stevens and Merry allegedly stole it.

The new burglary charge Stevens faces is in addition to charges the grand jury indicted him on when it rose late last week. At that time, the grand jury indicted Stevens on three counts of burglary, four counts of theft, three counts of violating conditions of release and stealing drugs.

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