Model T that survived Samoset fire damaged in vandalism

By Stephen Betts | May 10, 2017

Rockport — A transient man was arrested Tuesday, accused of breaking into a Rockport garage and damaging both the building and an antique car.

Raymond N. Porter, 39, was arrested May 9 and charged with aggravated criminal mischief and criminal trespass. He is scheduled to make his initial appearance Wednesday afternoon in Knox County Unified Court.

According to an affidavit filed in court by Rockport police, the department received a complaint from a property owner on Old County Road April 13 about his garage having been broken into and vandalized.

The investigation found that all the windows in the garage were broken out and five holes punched in the garage door.

A 1920s Ford Model T was also damaged, according to the police report. The Model T had been housed at the old Samoset Resort that was destroyed by fire in October 1972.

The car belongs to the Samoset and had been stored in the garage for safe keeping.

Police found pizza boxes and other food containers in the garage. A receipt from the Circle K convenience store in Rockport and a bank withdrawal statement were also found. Police reviewed the store's video camera and identified the person who was at the store at the time stamped on the receipt.

That person turned out to be Porter, about whom police had an earlier complaint regarding throwing rocks along Old County Road. Police interviewed him and he denied being in the garage, but refused to tell police where he had been living, according to the affidavit.

Police obtained an arrest warrant based on that information and other evidence collected at the garage.

There was no estimate on the damage to the car.

Bail was set at $750 cash.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | May 10, 2017 18:06

Lock him up and throw the key away.  This is one sick cookie!

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