Union man charged with car thefts denied bail
Rockland — A 27-year-old Union man was denied bail at his Nov. 1 arraignment in Knox County District Court after being arrested for felony theft a day earlier.
Daniel Roy, who has prior felony theft convictions and is currently on bail, sought a $1,000 cash bail for the most recent charges through lawyer of the day William Pagnano.
Roy is charged with multiple counts of theft of a motor vehicle, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and violating bail conditions, in addition to other charges. A second man sought on similar charges is 34-year-old Danny Leigh of Washington, according to a press release from Department of Public Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland.
Roy and Leigh are being charged in connection with the theft of two pickup trucks and the cab of a tractor trailer from houses in Washington and Liberty around 3 a.m. Oct. 30. Two of the three trucks had the keys inside, said the statement.
Maine State Police and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office continue to investigate the theft of three trucks from the towns of Liberty and Washington reported early Wednesday morning.
In addition, the investigation, at this time, also involves Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Camden Police Department with a total of 14 charges against Roy, according to a press release from Knox County Sheriff Chief Deputy Tim Carroll.
Knox County Sheriff’s Office has charged Roy with negotiating a worthless instrument, three counts of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and two counts of theft by unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Maine State Police have charged Roy with theft of a motor vehicle, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and violation of bail conditions relating to crimes in Waldo County.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is charging Roy with theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, according to Carroll.
Camden Police Department has charged Roy with four counts of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer relating to crimes in their town. Detective Curt Andrick said Roy is charged at a felony level due to the total dollar amount involved in four Camden thefts of catalytic converters.
The thefts took place Aug. 31 on Pearl Street and the night of Sept. 14 on Spruce, Pearl and Mill streets, Andrick said. Each of the catalytic converters stolen came from Toyota vehicles, he noted.
"It's not an easy thing to do," Andrick said of the thefts.
He advised people to report suspicious people or activity during night and early morning hours.
At the arraignment, Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Baroody said Roy admitted his involvement in the crimes, and argued he be held without bail considering the facts of the case and that Roy continues to commit thefts while on bail for other theft charges.
Police say a 2002 GMC pickup and a 1999 Western Star tractor cab were stolen from two residences in Liberty along Route 220, both were recovered nearby. A Toyota pickup, which is still missing, was taken from a home in Washington on Crystal Lake Road.
Troopers and deputies arrested Roy at a mobile home in Washington a few hours after investigating the incident. He was taken to the Knox County Jail in Rockland. Anyone with information of the whereabouts of Danny Leigh is asked to call the Knox Sheriff’s Office or State Police in Augusta at 624-7076.
Roy's court hearing for a motion to revoke his bail is scheduled for Nov. 26. Judge Susan Sparaco said she denied Roy's bail until the hearing because of his prior conviction history, she said.
Courier Publications' reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Camden Herald editor Stephanie Grinnell contributed to this report.
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