Allegedly phony theft complaint, insurance claim lead to arrest

By Tanya Mitchell | Dec 03, 2012
Source: Waldo County Jail Mark D. Meierdirk

Unity — Police arrested a Unity man on several charges after he allegedly made a false police report about a theft at his storage unit and then attempted to make an insurance claim for losses police determined he never incurred.

Mark D. Meierdirk, 39, of Unity was arrested Thursday, Nov. 29, on charges of making a false public report or alarm, criminal attempt at insurance deception and violating conditions of release following a chain of events that began Oct. 5.

Waldo County Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton said that's when Meierdirk contacted police and stated his storage unit on School Street in Unity had been burglarized and that he was missing several items as a result.

But when Deputy James Porter and Detective Jason Bosco looked into the complaint, Trafton said, the officers felt something about the initial complaint "didn't look right."

"We aren't able to determine for sure if there was no theft at all, but we know he did try to collect insurance on things that were not stolen," said Trafton.

Meierdirk was also charged with violating bail conditions because of a charge of furnishing scheduled drugs, which Trafton said Meierdirk acquired in March of this year.

Meierdirk is scheduled to appear at Fifth District Court in Belfast Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013.

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