Police have suspects in vehicle theft spree
Rockport — Rockport Police have been in contact with one suspect and are still searching for another after a series of vehicle thefts in the area last week.
According to Rockport Police Chief Mark Kelley, as of Tuesday, Aug. 19, police know the identity of both individuals, but neither have been charged with a crime.
Kelley said because four agencies were involved, it would take some time for information to come together. Once all of the information is gathered, then they can proceed to the district attorney to issue warrants.
Police were able to identify the two individuals thanks in part to the instincts of a Lincoln County Sheriff's deputy who felt there was more going on than a traffic stop. The deputy made a traffic stop in Somerville early in the morning of Aug. 15, but at the time the truck had not been reported stolen. Thinking something was strange, the deputy took pictures of the two individuals occupying the truck.
The string of thefts began in Rockland, according to Rockland Deputy Chief Wally Tower, who said a 2004 Chevrolet pick-up truck, owned by Tradewinds Motor Inn, was reported stolen at about 2 a.m. It had the keys in it, he said.
The truck was later found in Union, where another vehicle was then stolen. The vehicle taken in Union was later recovered in Jefferson by Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, according to Rockport Patrol Officer Craig Cooley.
A third pick-up truck was then stolen from a Somerville residence and was involved in a crash on South Street in Rockport, where it was found on its side, Cooley said.
A fourth vehicle, a 2006 blue Ford F-250, was then stolen from a South Street home in Rockport, police said.
It was the owner of the vehicle stolen in Rockport, who was able to help identify the suspects from the pictures taken by the Lincoln County Deputy. The Ford F-250 with Maine license plate 6070SD, remained missing Tuesday afternoon.
Police are asking anyone with information or who may have seen the blue Ford truck to contact Rockport Police Department at 236-2026.
Courier Publications reporter Dwight Collins can be reached at 236-8511 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.