Maine State Police have charged a couple with breaking into a vacant home on China Lake, staying for “several days,” and inflicting thousands of dollar’s worth of damage.

Jamee D. Lemons, 26, and Samuel Cook, 31, whose addresses were unknown, were both arrested Wednesday at a Belfast motel and charged with burglary in relation to the break-in at the Lakeview Drive home in China.

State police estimated damage to the home at $5,000 to $10,000 and said Cook admitted to burglarizing a second home on China Lake.

State police tracked the couple to the Brunswick area, where the couple had reportedly gotten jobs at a local fast food restaurant, then to Belfast, where they were arrested.

At the time of her arrest, state police reported, Lemons had an outstanding warrant in Tennessee where she was on probation. She was charged with a single count of burglary in relation to the China break-in.

Cook had two outstanding warrants in Waldo County, police said. He was charged with two counts of burglary for multiple break-ins in China, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, and aggravated criminal mischief.

Both were taken to the Kennebec County jail.


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