Belfast man busted in case of stolen Fiero, Jeep

Accused was also implicated in August car theft
By Tanya Mitchell | Nov 20, 2012
Source: File image Victor Pendleton, 21, of Belfast, is accused of stealing this 1985 Fiero from a Belfast residence and a Jeep from a Jefferson resident over the course of Wednesday, Oct. 31 and Thursday, Nov. 1.

Belfast — Police say a Belfast man who allegedly stole a 1985 Fiero from a Bridge Street residence Wednesday night, Oct. 31, also stole a firearm and a Jeep before law enforcement caught up to him in Knox County the next day.

Belfast police arrested Victor Pendleton, 21, of Belfast on two counts of burglary of a motor vehicle, theft, criminal mischief and unauthorized use of property (motor vehicle). The arrest came as a result of a series of incidents that Belfast Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham said began within hours of Pendleton's release from jail earlier in the day on Oct. 31.

"He got released from jail on Oct. 31, and on Oct. 31, he stole the Fiero from Bridge Street," Cunningham said.

Pendleton then allegedly drove to Augusta, but on his way back to Belfast, Cunningham said the car broke down on Route 17 in Jefferson across from Peaslee's Quick Stop.

From there Cunningham said Pendleton allegedly broke into a vehicle that was parked near the store and stole a gun, and then walked a couple of miles before he allegedly stole a Jeep.

Thursday, Nov. 1, law enforcement in Rockport found Pendleton, and Cunningham said he was still at the wheel of the Jeep that was reported stolen in Jefferson.

Police recovered the Fiero Friday, Nov. 9, after a citizen in Jefferson entered the abandoned car, located the registration and contacted the owner. The owner, in turn, contacted Belfast police.

Pendleton also was charged in August with breaking into the East Side Garage in Belfast and stealing a 2001 Jaguar, which Maine State Police recovered in Lewiston a few days later.

Pendleton is scheduled to appear at Waldo County Superior Court to answer to the most recent charges Thursday, Jan. 31.

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