Rockland man charged for multiple thefts

By Juliette Laaka | Aug 20, 2014

Rockland — A 38-year-old Rockland man made an initial appearance in Sixth District Court Aug. 20 after he was charged for multiple thefts, including stealing donation jars from the 'Keag Store in South Thomaston.

David A. Carver had bail set at $1,000 cash and is scheduled to appear again in court Sept. 25 after he was apprehended after a months-long stealing spree. He pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor level thefts. Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Baroody said the state will seek to revoke Carver's bail.

In April, Carver is accused of stealing two donation jars from the 'Keag Store. Video surveillance showed three men entered the store together, and distracted employees while one man took the jar. Another time, two men came into the store. Both thefts happened in April.

One of the employees of the store later recognized the two men from the footage while he was in town, and took a photograph of the vehicle the men were in, including the license plate. The employee then sent the plate number to police who discovered the van is registered to another man who is suspected of being involved in some thefts.

When police reviewed the surveillance tapes, they concluded Carver was one of the suspects in the video.

Three months later, in July, Carver was again suspected and charged with theft, this time for stealing an impact wrench tool form Corson's Auto Supply NAPA. Employees at the store noticed the tool was missing after going through inventory and discovering an empty box.

Two men were seen on the video, including Carver.

When police went to speak with Carver about the thefts, he ran from officer Andrew Redden.

In August, Carver again reportedly resumed his thieving, taking a tiller, valued at $500, from Tractor Supply Company in Thomaston. Carver is reported to have taken the tiller by backing a truck near the building and loading it into the vehicle and driving away. Another man, who was also seen in other videos, was also involved in this theft, said an affidavit filed by police. His name has not been released as he has not been charged.

Courier Publications' reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at jlaaka@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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