WATERVILLE — Police didn’t have to look far to find the man who stole items from their personal vehicles parked at Head of Falls.
 They followed a trail of petals that dropped off flowers taken from inside one officer’s vehicle, according to Deputy police Chief Charles Rumsey.
The trail led to the underside of the nearby Two-Cent Bridge, where police discovered Donald Fencik, 61, with clothes, sunglasses, jumper cables and other items he allegedly stole from the vehicles, Rumsey said.
“The petals were dropping off as the suspect left the area,” Rumsey said Tuesday. “Officers followed the trail from the Head of Falls parking lot.”
Fencik, of 7 Paris St., was arrested at 3:15 a.m. Monday and charged with motor vehicle burglary and theft, Rumsey said.
“He also had in his possession some tools believed stolen from a nearby construction site,” Rumsey said. “We’re attempting to identify the owner of those tools.”
Police discovered the burglaries when an officer went to the parking lot at Head of Falls off Front Street and noticed that his truck tailgate and cap were open when he knew  he had not left them open, according to Rumsey.
Fencik was unable to make $450 bail and was taken to Kennebec County Jail in Augusta, he said.
“Last night, we learned that he plead guilty to burglary of a motor vehicle and theft and was sentenced to 60 days in jail,” Rumsey said.
Rumsey said police have arrested Fencik more than three dozen times over the last several years for everything from disorderly conduct to theft.
“He has a very long criminal history and is somebody we deal with constantly,” he said.

Amy Calder — 861-9247
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