City man charged with car burglaries

AUGUSTA — Police said they caught a city man red-handed during a spree of Sunday morning car burglaries that took him from a downtown bar to Sewall Street.

Jason Tardiff, 23, of Augusta, was arrested and charged with one count each of burglary from a motor vehicle and theft from a motor vehicle after police caught him at the corner of Sewall and Winthrop streets with stolen goods in hand, said Sgt. Vicente Morris of the Augusta Police Department.

At 2:35 a.m., police received a report of a suspicious activity on Sewall Street. Later, a car burglary was reported at Shenanigans, a Water Street bar.

“He started over at Shenanigans,” Morris said of Tardiff. “He continued up Western Avenue, then up Melville, Green and Sewall.”

Morris said Tardiff had wallets, car keys and loose change from the vehicles in his possession, but police haven’t estimated a value of the stolen goods.

Morris said Tardiff admitted to stealing from 10 cars. He said more charges could be upcoming.



At 9:43 p.m., a hit-and-run motor-vehicle accident was reported at Walmart on Civic Center Drive.

7:20 p.m., a motor-vehicle crash causing injury was reported at the Super 8 Motel on Western Avenue.

10:36 p.m., criminal mischief was reported on Stone Street.


At 10:21 a.m., police checked on a pedestrian on Memorial Circle.

11:13 a.m., a motor-vehicle burglary was reported on Sewall Street.

3:04 p.m., harassment was reported on Washington Street.




At 6:39 p.m., police responded to Memorial Circle, where Jay A. Buotte, 51, of Augusta, was arrested and charged with criminal trespass and refusing to sign a criminal summons.

10:31 p.m., a disturbance was reported at Asset Property Management on Washington Street. Bonny Sue Gilmore, 28, of Vassalboro, was arrested and charged with sale and use of drug paraphernalia, violation conditions of release, refusing to submit to arrest and falsifying physical evidence.

11:57 p.m., an assault was reported on Water Street. An arrest was made, but the person’s name wasn’t available Sunday evening.


At 2:21 a.m., assault was reported on Water Street. Patricia Adams, 53, of Augusta was arrested and charged with assault.

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