Lewiston police drain Oxford St. canal in hunt for burgled booty


LEWISTON — A hunt along the mucky bottom of the downtown canal surrounding Simard-Payne Memorial Park on Wednesday morning turned up evidence from a burglary, according to police.

Lt. Adam Higgins said police acted on a tip Wednesday morning and drained the canal.

“We had some information that there was some evidence of a crime there so we had them drain the canal,” he said. “We found some items of interest. It was in reference to a burglary investigation, and we’d heard some items had been thrown in there.”

Higgins declined to comment further. It’s part of an ongoing investigation, he said.

On Wednesday morning, police mixed in with crews working to set up tents for the three-day Great Falls Balloon Festival, set to begin Friday.

Higgins said it took about 90 minutes to drain the canal, and said police should  finish their hunt and have the canal full by Wednesday afternoon — plenty of time before the festival, which is centered around the park.

“Believe it or not, it took like an hour to drain that thing,” he said. “I was so surprised. I thought it would take two days, but it takes about an hour and a half to drain it enough so you could walk around there.”

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