OAKLAND — Police say they have solved a series of 20 to 30 home and motor-vehicle burglaries from the past 18 months.

Jamie Millett, 22, of Belgrade, and Christopher Chubbuck, 27, of Oakland, were arrested last week on two burglary charges and will face more charges on the string of crimes, according to Capt. Rick Stubbert.

He said police recovered stolen tools and electronic items worth thousands of dollars on Thursday after searches in Fairfield, Oakland and Belgrade. Millett was arrested Thursday, Chubbuck Friday.

On Monday, 10 to 15 pieces of jewelry connected to the burglaries were recovered in Messalonskee Stream by Kennbec County Sheriff’s Office divers, Stubbert said.

He said Millett and Chubbuck dumped the jewelry because they thought it was worthless.

The charges the men face are in connection with a home invasion on Oak Street in September 2011 and a residential burglary on Fairfield Street in January.

In the home invasion, cash and credit cards were stolen. The homeowner heard people in the residence late at night and called police the next day after finding an open window, Stubbert said.

During the other theft, tools worth more than $3,000 as well as liquor, jewelry and Christmas presents were taken, Stubbert said.

More people may be charged in the burglaries, Stubbert said.

In Fairfield, where the Fairfield Police Department assisted with the investigation, the men also face pending burglary charges, Stubbert said.

He warned residents to lock their homes and vehicles, noting that Millett and Chubbuck only targeted unlocked ones.

During the searches, police also recovered items that may be connected to unreported crimes. Stubbert asked that Oakland residents contact the department if they suspect their vehicles were burglarized in recent months but did not file a report.

The police phone number is 465-2202.

Beth Staples — 861-9252

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