February 5

Skowhegan jewelry theft highlights questions about downtown cameras

Town officials plan to discuss whether more cameras are needed, or whether cameras should be moved to different locations.

By Doug Harlow dharlow@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

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Steven Warfield

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Steven R. Warfield, 36, of Moscow, also was arrested on a charge of theft by receiving stolen property and a probation hold.

Blais said both cases are under review by the district attorney’s office for possible charges related to the Skowhegan burglary.

“We have a really good idea of how everything went down, however, we’re still gathering all the facts and have a ways to go in the investigation to prove the burglary,” Blais said.

Skowhegan police are still investigating downtown burglaries that occurred in December. Five businesses, including the Morning Sentinel offices, were broken into by thieves looking for cash, police said. Merchandise and other valuable items such as laptop computers, cellphones and cameras that might be difficult to conceal or to sell later, were passed over.

Glass doors and windows were smashed in those burglaries as well. Police hoped the downtown security cameras installed in 2011 would help catch the thieves. A person of interest was identified from video footage, but so far no charges have been brought.

“We’re going to work on how our video cameras are placed,” Blais said. “We may have to adjust the placement a little bit to help deal with these things. It’s unbelievable — we just have so many folks right in the downtown area that are on probation and have drug issues — I think that’s what’s fueling this activity.”

Doug Harlow — 612-2367 dharlow@centralmaine.com Twitter: @Doug_Harlow

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