BROWNFIELD — A Sweden man was arrested Tuesday and charged with stealing an early ’80s-model snowmobile from a Brownfield shed.

Daniel S. Foster, 20, of 703 Waterford Road in Sweden was charged with burglary, theft and criminal mischief.

Maine State Trooper Tom Welch, who investigated the case, said Foster and two others broke into the shed, which is off Route 160, on Feb. 3. Welch said Foster drove off with a Ski-Doo Safari sled from the early ’80s that belonged to the shed’s owner, an elderly woman who lives in Massachusetts.

Welch said the group tried to take another snowmobile from the shed, which he described as an unattached garage far from the main house, but couldn’t get it started. He said they ripped the garage door off its track while entering the building.

He said Foster drove the snowmobile to a spot in the woods off the property and picked it up the next day. Foster is also accused of stealing an extra track for the sled.

Welch said he tracked down the snowmobile, which led him to Foster. He said the suspects didn’t know the snowmobile’s owner.

According to Welch, the suspect said he had help from two friends. Welch said he hadn’t yet obtained warrants for the other suspects.

The burglary charge is Class C, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $15,000 fine. The theft and criminal mischief charges are each Class D and punishable by up to a year imprisonment and $10,000.

Foster didn’t enter a plea Wednesday but asked for a court-appointed attorney. He was released on personal recognizance and is scheduled for an arraignment on May 3.

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