Thursday, December 12, 2013
By Matthew Hongoltz-hetling
WATERVILLE — Police have charged a 24-year-old man with stealing a variety of items, including two knives and a gun, during a vehicle burglary spree that took place about a month ago.
Loyd Broner, 24, was arrested by Waterville police at about 1 p.m. Thursday and charged with five counts of motor vehicle burglary in connection with a rash of thefts from unlocked cars on Elmwood and Edgemont avenues on Oct. 5.
One of the items reported stolen — a .45 Heckler & Koch pistol — was recovered by Augusta police during a traffic stop about two weeks ago, according to Waterville Police Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey.
Other items taken from the vehicles include a Swiss army knife, another knife, two GPS systems, assorted handtools, CDs, and an iPod, all of which were recovered during a search of an Elm Street apartment where Broner lived, Rumsey said.
Broner was charged with a felony theft charge for stealing the gun, a charge that carries a penalty of up to 10 years in jail and a $20,000 fine under state law. The five burglary charges are class D crimes, each of which is punishable by up to 364 days in jail and a $2,000 fine.
Broner has also been charged with one count of theft, a class E crime punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Rumsey said the investigation is ongoing, and that additional charges may be filed against Broner or other people.
“The detectives need to work over the week to match up the recovered property with stolen property reports to determine whether other people need to be charged,” Rumsey said.
Detective Alan Perkins, who has been investigating the case since the thefts were first reported, determined that Broner was one of the people responsible for the thefts, according to Rumsey.
He said Augusta police are conducting a separate investigation into the other people in the car in which the gun was found.
Broner was being held Friday in Kennebec County Jail on $5,700 cash bail, and has a court date of Dec. 10 in Kennebec County Superior Court in Augusta.Matt Hongoltz-Hetling — email@example.com