Somerset County sheriff’s deputies charged a 15-year-old boy from Hartland and a 29-year-old woman from Oakland in separate incidents connected to home burglaries, thefts and vandalism,over the weekend, a spokesman said Monday.

The boy, whose name was not released because his age, is charged with breaking into a home on Mill Street in Hartland Saturday morning while the homeowner was away. The juvenile allegedly removed an air conditioner and climbed in through the open window, said Dale Lancaster, chief deputy for the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department. Once inside, the teen allegedly stole a laptop computer and some cash, Lancaster said.

Deputy Wilfred Dodge investigated and arrested the boy on a charge of class B felony burglary.

Lancaster said the juvenile already was on probation for stealing a pickup truck in Hartland June 20. The boy was also charged with possession of another pickup truck that had been stolen from Web Ridge Road in St. Albans June 18. That truck was recovered on June 24 on Route 100 in Palmyra, where it had been abandoned at the entrance to a gravel pit, according to Lancaster.

The boy was booked at the county jail in East Madison and later taken to Mountain View Youth Development Center in Charleston.

The laptop was destroyed and the money had been spent, Lancaster said.

On Sunday, county deputies charged Ruby Grondin, 29, of Oakland, with causing an estimated $4,000 in damage to a home on Campground Road in Anson after she allegedly broke in and trashed the place.

Lancaster said the investigation showed the incident “revolved around a relationship that had ended poorly.”

Grondin was charged with two counts of felony burglary, class B; aggravated criminal mischief, a class C felony; and criminal mischief, a misdemeanor.

Lancaster said the crimes were reported Wednesday while the homeowner was at work. A television was destroyed, stereo equipment was smashed, couch cushions were slashed with a knife and other furniture was damaged, he said. The next day, Thursday, the sheriff’s department responded to a report of a burglary at the same residence on the Campground Road. Lancaster said Grondin allegedly broke in again and “spray painted vulgarities on the interior walls and the bed.”

Grondin was issued summonses to appear in court to face the charges against her and was not arrested. She is scheduled to appear in court in Skowhegan on Oct. 15.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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