Two arrested in Wilton home invasion

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FARMINGTON – Two brothers appeared in 12th District Court on assault and other charges Friday in connection with a home invasion Wednesday night in Wilton.

The case against Michael Mears, 19, and Steven Mears, 20, whose addresses were listed as 117 Lomie River Road in affidavits and as 85 Bridge St. in Augusta at the Farmington jail, is expected to go before a Franklin County grand jury, Assistant District Attorney Jim Andrews said.

Michael Mears was arrested on charges of aggravated criminal trespass, assault and criminal mischief. Steven Mears was arrested on the same charges and on charges of criminal operating under the influence, failure to stop for an officer and operating without a license.

They and a third person, who was not charged, arrived at a Wilton residence around 10:30 p.m Wednesday and forced their way inside, according to Andrews and affidavits signed by Wilton police officer Bob Cole and Maine State Police Trooper Scott Dalton.

One or more of them assaulted an occupant of the home, Cole said. They are also accused of breaking windows in the home, Andrews said.

When state police arrived, according to Dalton’s affidavit, the three drove away in a red Geo. “I turned my siren on and off to get the driver’s attention,” Dalton wrote. “The vehicle eventually pulled over.”

When Dalton got out and walked toward the Geo, it took off. “The driver spun the tires and continued down the road,” Dalton’s statement said.

Eventually, the car slipped out of gear and stopped, and Dalton arrested the Mearses. The third person was not charged.

Bail for each of the brothers was set at either $750 cash or $5,000 surety, along with the condition that they stay away from the home they are accused of entering illegally and that they not use alcohol.

Michael Mears posted bail Friday night and was released, according to Franklin County jail personnel, but Steven Mears was still being held as of 9:30 p.m.

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