WATERVILLE — Two Waterville men were arrested on charges that in January they burglarized the smoke shop across the street from where they live.
Richard Lee and Nordac Dooley, both 18, Wednesday were charged with burglary, theft and criminal mischief in the Jan. 21 incident at Vapors & Tobacco, 251 Main St.
During the investigation into the Vapors burglary, police also came across information that led them to an arrest in last March’s burglary at Quarry Road Recreation area, in which snowmobiles were stolen and damaged.
In the January burglary, the front glass door to Vapors was broken and pipe tobacco, cigarettes and cigarette tubes stolen.
Deputy Police Chief Charles Rumsey said Thursday that Lee and Dooley were arrested Wednesday afternoon after police searched Nordac’s home at 1 Wentworth Court, which is across the street from Vapors. Lee also was living at that address.
Lee was arrested and searched while he was at an appointment at Waterville District Court on Colby Street, Rumsey said.
“We knew he was going to be there,” he said. “We went there, found him and arrested him for burglary and subsequently executed a search warrant at 1 Wentworth Court. I know that during the search, the detectives did recover a carton of cigarettes they were able to link back to the burglary.”
Police estimated the cost of the broken door is $250.
“Three floor tiles were damaged, and there were four 16-ounce bags of pipe tobacco stolen and six boxes of cigarette tubes,” Rumsey said.
The combined value of the items was less than $100, he said.
Detective Alan Perkins investigated the case and got the search warrant for the home on Wentworth Court.
Nordac and Lee were taken to the Kennebec County jail, and their bail was set at $2,250 each.
Burglary of a business is a class C felony punishable by up to five years in jail and a fine of up to $5,000. Criminal mischief is a class D misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine. Theft is a class E misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine, he said.
Lee and Dooley are scheduled to appear April 15 in Kennebec County Superior Court.
During the investigation, Perkins was able to identify a person responsible for a burglary last winter at Quarry Road Recreation Area in which two snowmobiles used for grooming trails were stolen from a shed, damaged and later recovered, Rumsey said.
The alleged burglar, now an adult, was a juvenile at the time, so Rumsey said he could not release the suspect’s name.
Amy Calder — 861-9247