WILTON — A 15-year-old Whitefield boy was charged with breaking into Shelly’s Hometown Market on Main Street and stealing $500 worth of goods Sunday, Police Chief Heidi Wilcox said.

Wilton officer Ethan Kyes arrested the juvenile, who was charged with felony burglary and misdemeanor theft and criminal mischief.

Officer Brian Lynch discovered the burglary at about 3:30 a.m. while doing business checks. He was assisted by Jay officer Dylan Rider and Franklin County Deputy Derrick Doucette and K-9 Judge. The dog did a track in an attempt to find a suspect.

An estimated $500 worth of consumable goods were taken. The main door was damaged to get into the store.

The teenager was conditionally released by a juvenile community corrections officer to a parent, Wilcox said. 

A conviction on the felony charge carries a penalty of up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine, while the misdemeanor charges are each punishable by a maximum 364 days in jail and a $2,000 fine.

The case will be handled through the Juvenile District Court.

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