Police Explorer helps foil burglary


MEXICO — A quick-witted response by a Mexico Police Explorer member resulted in the arrest of a Fayette man on several charges Sunday morning, including felony burglary.

Sgt. Roy Hodsdon said Whitney Howard, 18,  of Granite Street heard a door creaking at the home of her parents at about 2:47 a.m., Sunday. She ran to the bathroom with her phone, locked the door, then called 911.

That response, said Hodsdon, was exactly what someone should do in such a situation.

“Her training helped,” said Hodsdon, who is one of the leaders of the local Police Explorers.

Mexico officer Brad Gallant arrived first. He found Troy Asselin, 21, of Campground Road, Fayette, trying to leave the house with a cash box containing an unknown amount of money and several bottles of alcohol.

Backing up Gallant was Dixfield police officer Eric Bernier and Rumford police officers Lawrence Winson and Scott Mills.


Asselin was charged with felony burglary, theft and criminal trespass, as well as on a current warrant issued by Franklin County for failure to appear on a theft charge.

He was taken to the Oxford County Jail, where he is being held on $10,000 cash bail. He will appear for arraignment on Tuesday.

Hodsdon said Asselin is a former employee of Rhino Seal, a Mexico paving contractor company. The company’s owner is Howard’s grandfather.

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