LISBON — Police said they found two car burglary suspects handcuffed together behind a store after an overnight crime spree.

On May 10, officer Ellen Stewart responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle and people at Miller’s Variety on Lisbon Street. Stewart found a disabled pickup truck at the gas pumps and two teenage boys handcuffed together behind the store.

The handcuffs came from a recently burglarized vehicle. The pickup truck had been taken without permission from a family friend of one of the teens. The truck owner did not wish to pursue charges.

The two teens live in a neighboring town.

There is no information about how the teens became handcuffed together, Detective Richard St. Amant said.

“Everybody wants to know that,” he said. They weren’t handcuffed to anything stationary, only to each other, St. Amant said.

Lisbon police were investigating multiple complaints of thefts from vehicles  in the Plummer, Pleasant and Center streets area of Lisbon Falls during the overnight hours of May 9 and 10.

Police said they found stolen items in the teens’ possessions and near them at the store. Among the items were loose change, flashlights and GPS units.

Police reported no connection between the teen suspects and the Felony Lane Gang, a loosely organized national gang reported to recruit local subjects in an attempt to steal from vehicles to obtain personal information to create false identifications.

Police urge vehicle owners to lock their car doors overnight, even if they are parked in driveways.

Police said they believe the burglaries may have occurred in as many as 50 vehicles. 

Related charges of motor vehicle burglary and theft are pending against the two teens, who are expected to appear in juvenile court in 8th District Court in Lewiston.

Police request that anyone with information about the thefts contact Lisbon Police Detective Richard St. Amant or Officer Ellen Stewart at 353-2500. 


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