Police nab three in theft spree


MEXICO — Police have made three arrests so far in connection with a string of thefts and burglaries on Saturday. A fourth arrest is expected within the next day or two.

Sgt. Roy Hodsdon said two bicycles and a powered bicycle, valued at $800 were stolen from the garage of a Pine Street resident prior to 10:31 a.m. on April 24. A set of keys to a riding lawn mower owned by an Osgood Street resident were reported taken at 7:54 p.m. A Carlton Avenue resident reported the theft of a dirt bike valued at $1,160 from his garage at 10:25 a.m., also on April 24. The dirt bike had been cabled to a beam.

The arrests came following a routine check of Mountain Valley Middle School by officer Dustin Broughton. Hodsdon said Broughton saw flashlights beaming behind the school near an outbuilding. When he approached the site, four young men tried to flee.

Apprehended were Derick Harnden, 19, of Washington Street, Rumford, and a 14-year-old Rumford youth. Harnden had violated his condition of release from a prior incident, and was transported to Oxford County Jail where he remains. The 14-year-old was released to the custody of a guardian. Both were charged with theft and criminal trespass and are expected to be charged with burglary.

During the continuing investigation on Monday, a 17-year-old Rumford boy was arrested on charges of theft, burglary and criminal trespass.

Hodsdon is continuing the investigation of an 18-year-old boy believed to be involved with the incidents. Similar charges are pending against him.

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