A man from Stockton Springs and a pair of juveniles each face a theft charge after they allegedly stole a go-cart from a Route 1 residence recently.

Searsport Police Chief Dick LaHaye said Matthew Rice, 20, and two 16-year-olds, all from Stockton Springs, are accused of driving away in a go-cart that was parked at a Route 1 residence.

“They drove it down the railroad tracks,” said LaHaye.

The owner of the go-cart reported the theft Sept. 4, after he noticed the vehicle missing from his yard.

LaHaye stated that Waldo County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Moody had spotted the trio with the go-cart Sept. 3, a day before the owner reported it missing.

When Searsport Police Officer Sean Dow began investigating the owner’s complaint, Dow posted information about the case on the police department’s Web site. Moody spotted the information on the site, and contacted Searsport Police Sergeant Steve Saucier to report that he had seen three young people with what he believed to be the go-cart in question.

Based upon Moody’s description, Saucier tracked down Rice and interviewed him about the missing go-cart. At that time, according to police, Rice admitted to taking the go-cart with the help of the two juvenile accomplices. Police recovered the go-cart, valued at about $1,000, at the home of one of the youths involved.

Rice and both the juveniles believed to be involved were summoned for theft Sept. 6. LaHaye said none of the three had any prior criminal history.