Alleged scrap metal theft leads to charges for Unity man

By Ben Holbrook | Aug 08, 2017
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Unity — Police charged a Unity man Aug. 5 in connection with an investigation into thefts at a local business.

Matthew J. Cowette, 32, of Unity, was arrested on two counts of theft and one count of burglary related to an investigation that began last month.

On July 21, a business owner in Unity contacted Waldo County Sheriff’s Office to report scrap metal and other items were missing. Deputy Dan Thompson investigated the case and interviewed neighbors near the business to gather potential leads in the case, Chief Deputy Jason Trundy said.

While investigating, Thompson also spoke with Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office and learned that some scrap metal had been turned in at a recycling facility in Carmel. Thompson went to the facility and determined the metal that was turned in matched the type used at the business in Unity, Trundy said.

Employees at the recycling facility identified Cowette as the man who was in possession of the scrap metal. After leaving the facility, Thompson learned that Cowette returned with another load of scrap metal but departed before police arrived.

However, deputies with Penobscot Sheriff’s Office stopped Cowette’s vehicle and arrested him on theft and burglary charges. When he was arrested, Cowette was in possession of a battery that was allegedly stolen from a garage, Trundy said.

Police estimated the scrap metal and battery were valued at about $700.

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