Man accused of breaking windows in vehicles, stealing guns

WATERVILLE — A 40-year-old Augusta man is facing multiple felony charges after his arrest Friday in connection with numerous car burglaries, police said.

Keith Arvanitis is accused of three vehicle burglaries that were reported to Waterville police on Thursday morning, according to Waterville police Chief Joseph Massey.

Three individuals had contacted police after realizing their cars had been broken into while they slept at a local motel, the name of which Massey did not release.

“Each of the three vehicles were entered after a window was broken out,” Massey said.

Among the items Arvanitis stole were computer equipment, fishing poles, food, two semiautomatic handguns and ammunition, the police chief said.

Waterville police Detective Duane Cloutier and Sgt. William Bonney were able to determine that Arvanitis had been seen near where the burglaries occurred and had taken a cab from the area to a Vassalboro residence, according to Massey.

Several stolen items were recovered from that residence and Arvanitis’ Augusta residence, Massey said.

Around 2:15 Friday afternoon, officers from Waterville, Augusta and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency surrounded Aravanitis’ residence and took him into custody, Massey said.

The firearms and ammunition were recovered at Arvanitis’ apartment, Massey said.

Arvanitis was charged with three counts of burglary of a motor vehicle, a Class C felony; two counts of theft of a firearm, a Class B felony; possession of a firearm by a felon, a Class C felony; and a Class E misdemeanor charge of theft.

Aravanitis is being held at the Kennebec County Jail on $13,250 cash bail. He is due to appear in court on Sept. 10.

“I’m extremely glad this case could be closed so quickly, before the stolen firearms made their way into the hands of someone who could’ve used them for a robbery or worse,” Massey said. “Working together, we were able to recover a large amount of valuable stolen property and keep two guns off the street.”

If convicted, Aravanitis could spend up to 10 years in prison on the Class B charges and up to five years on the Class C counts.

Waterville Police Department

Keith Arvanitis

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MARK GRAVE's picture

Now we have to house, feed,

Now we have to house, feed, and give medical care to this vermin.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

Note to the driving world....................

Your car is not a safe place to store valuables. I know that seems to be a pretty strait forward statement, but from reading the newspapers daily, burglaries from automobile's is at epidemic proportions now. Why anyone would leave ANYTHING of value in a car, overnight escapes me.
Those same people screaming about not needing a background check for firearms, who then go out and leave a gun in the trunk of a car. Don't seem to realize that there is one group of gun owners who have a 100% lack of background checks, THIEVES.
I read about a woman all upset about losing three lap tops in Massachusetts. She stated to the responding officer, They were safely locked in the trunk. When asked if the rest of the car was locked she responded, no. She might just as well hung a sign from the side of the car. She evidently never realized that in most cars, you can open the trunk easily from inside the car.
This guy should just be put away, if this is the best he's got at forty years of age, there isn't much hope for him. As for everyone else. Don't tempt fate. You don't leave a GPS on the dashboard. then wonder why it was stolen. Don't forget, smashing car glass isn't as loud as your kitchen window would be, It's kind of muffled. It takes about the same amount of time to clean out the passenger compartment of a car as it takes to find your slippers at three in the morning. Everyone can learn a valuable lesson from all these unfortunate victims.
DON'T LEAVE ANYTHING OF VALUE IN YOUR CAR.
Just assume, if you leave it in the car, it's going to be stolen. If you don't want it gone, bring it inside. very simple deterrent...........

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