Police charge two Lewiston men in 50 car burglaries

LEWISTON — Police on Saturday arrested two 19-year-old Lewiston men — Dante Thompson and Corey Hunt — in a string of at least 50 car burglaries across Lewiston and Auburn.

Androscoggin County Jail

Corey Hunt, 19, Lewiston

Androscoggin County Jail

Dante Thompson, 19, Lewiston

Police searches of the men's homes Saturday morning uncovered laptop computers, iPads, phones, digital cameras, CDs, DVDs and a home Playstation, among other items, most believed stolen from cars as they sat in their driveways at night, Lewiston Police Sgt. Danny Lachance said.

"They preyed on people who left their cars unlocked," Lachance said.

The men could have robbed as many as 100 cars, he said.

Police charged Hunt and Thompson with theft. Thompson also was charged with unlawful possession of drugs.

A third, unnamed suspect has been tied to the burglaries. However, that person is a juvenile and already in custody on an unrelated charge, Lachance said.

Hunt was released from the Androscoggin County Jail on Saturday after posting $100 bail. As of 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening, Thompson had not posted his bail of $1,000 cash or $10,000 surety.

Police declined to disclose further details about how they caught the men. However, Lachance said the department had been investigating for weeks, hoping to end the recent rash of burglaries.

Many people had reported the familiar story of missing items from their cars, he said.

"It ties up a lot of police time during the day because they're handling all these calls," Lachance said.

Four officers — Cpl. Tom Murphy and officers Nathan Hood, Jason Nadeau and Jeffrey Burkhardt — spent Saturday returning items to about 20 people. More items are left to return to people in both Lewiston and Auburn, Lachance said.

People wishing to see whether their items have been recovered are encouraged to call the Lewiston Police Department at 513-3001, beginning Monday morning.

dhartill@sunjournal.com

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FRANK EARLEY's picture

I've found its cheaper to keep the car unlocked....

I just never keep anything of value in my car. I used to lock it until they broke out the back window. Nothing taken but a huge mess to clean up. I learned many years ago delivering late nights in New York City, never keep anything of value in your wallet. To this day My wallet is purely for decoration. I guess I'm getting paranoid, but at least I won't be sitting in the Motor Vehicle office waiting for my new drivers license.....

DOUGLAS TAYLOR's picture

Things are safer my friends.

Hey don't worry, things are safer than it feels. That is what the front page of the paper says this morning. What a joke.

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It amazes me every time that

It amazes me every time that I read a story about car burglaries and unlocked cars. You would think that in this day and age that everyone would lock up their car, even if it is in their own driveway. I have always kept mine locked when I can't see it, even if I'm running into a corner store.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

Henry, open your eye's......

It doesn't matter what time of day they steal, it matters why they steal. You seem to think, if these guys had jobs they wouldn't have to steal. These guys aren't stealing to feed themselves, if they were, they would steal food. These guys are stealing things that can be sold for cash. Cash that can be used for things you can't get with food stamps or rental assistance. Read the police logs, and court records. Home, auto and store burglaries are at record numbers. Drug stores are being robed on a regular basis, and not for money. Its a vicious circle that I don't see ending anytime soon. Trust me, jobs wouldn't help these two or the thousands more like them out there. Open your eye's........

You may be right ....

I appreciate your response.

These two 19 year old men could have used a job ...obviously

But, let's not hire them. No. Let's jail 'em.

Where are the so-called leaders who have, probably, abandoned these two and far too many others to their jobless misery ...

When there are jobs for these guys and others like them, then, if they are still ripping people off after being hired, yes. Jail 'em. There's no reasonable explanation for their behavior.

But, until then, let's jail the Mayor, Council members and so-called business leaders right along with them and we'll see how long these guys and too many others like them remain unemployed and at-large to fend for themselves in whatever way they can in order to eat and live while the rest live without giving them the slightest care as fellow community members.

If you won't give them a job, don't complain or, even, report them when they sift through your property in order to survive.

Heck, these guys have demonstrated consistent initiative .... albeit, misplaced initiative. Someone obviously needs to take the lead and give these guys a hand up to get and keep them off the street.

I'm thinking property security positions and, perhaps, a side job installing audio players in cars and trucks to start. ...with business managers accepting their need to scheduled visits to their probation officers over the next period.

Just a thought,

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Andrew Jones's picture

I could not find anything in

I could not find anything in this article that suggested that these two were unemployed. Even if they didn't have jobs, that is not a justification to go stealing people's stuff. They're screwed now, though; this is currently an employer's market and nobody want to hire a thief when they can have scores of people that didn't choose to take things that didn't belong to them.

Explanation ...not "justification", Andrew

Two, possibly three, young Americans rifle through upwards of 100 cars in a very short period of time at night. I'm thinking they're not working the day shift anywhere. Agree? But, the initiative? Hey. One hundred cars? These guys are hustlers and probably have more initiative than the "scores of people that didn't choose to take things that didn't belong to them" is my point. As either a woodsman or fisherman, these types are found at the top of the food chain of preferred employees.

But, I agree with you. Being unemployed or even neglected by their fellow community members is not an acceptable justification for stealing, but it certainly provides one possible "explanation", which is what I proposed.

And, if it does, then, "what issues and opportunities does this present" for our so-called leaders?

In Auburn, we have a young women stealing from the TD Bank over the past period. Not a lot of money, but it's the idea. Why would she do that? She probably didn't think anyone would have sympathy for a bank, and she's probably right given the ponzi schemes they continue to perpetrate on us.

In Lewiston, we have two 19 year olds who may be hungry and, in part, may unwittingly be protesting some sort of perceived marginalization from the rest of society....especially being young, white males.... in Lewiston.

I don't know. But, I am going to be interested to see how this is dealt with by the community, including the courts, police and the rest of you.

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