A mother and son from the Maine town of Rome made their initial court appearances Wednesday, Dec. 6, after being arrested and charged with stealing two guns worth an estimated $45,000 from a Rockport man.

Alexander Lane, 27, and his mother, Tara L. Bellavance, 43, were arrested Monday, Dec. 4, and charged with Class B theft.

The two are accused of stealing a Wesley Richards 12-gauge, side-by-side shotgun valued at more than $25,000 more than 40 years ago; and a Parker side-by-side 20-gauge shotgun valued at $20,000, according to an affidavit filed in Knox County Unified Court in Rockland by Maine State Police.

The arrests for the theft of the guns from Rockport came after a state police investigation into guns stolen in Rome. The owner of the guns in Rockport told police he was unaware that the guns had been stolen.

A witness told police that Lane had admitted taking the guns from a family member in Rockport

The guns were pawned at Coastal Trading and Pawn in Auburn and then sold to other parties, according to the affidavit. Lane received $9,675 for the two guns. A witness said that Lane had a drug addiction and also said he brought over a box of toys for his child, telling them he had received money for selling a bunch of guns.

Bail was set at $5,000 cash for Bellavance and $1,500 cash for Lane. The two remained at the Knox County Jail in Rockland on Thursday morning.