SKOWHEGAN — A Skowhegan woman has been indicted by a Somerset County grand jury on a charge of class B felony theft for allegedly using a flat-edge crowbar to pry open a safe at a family member’s home on Waterville Road and stealing $22,000 in cash.

Jaclyn Suezanne Rutherford, 28, is charged additionally with criminal mischief for allegedly damaging the safe Nov. 22. The money was kept in packets of $1,000 and $2,000 in Bangor Savings Bank envelopes. Police found the damaged safe in a closet and found the crowbar in a bedroom where Rutherford slept in the family home.

Rutherford was arrested while allegedly in possession of $17,000 in stolen cash and a one-way train ticket to Chicago.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt, but is an indication by the grand jury that enough evidence is present in a case to proceed with a trial in court.

Rutherford, who has been convicted and fined for theft in Augusta in 2013 and for use of drug paraphernalia in Farmington the same year, already was out on bail when she was arrested Nov. 23.

She was charged Oct. 7 in Skowhegan with assault, violating conditions of release and obstructing the report of a crime for allegedly attacking another member of her family, though not the victims of the theft.

Rutherford allegedly used physical force to prevent the assault victim from calling police. Rutherford had no cash on hand and no income when she was arrested. Court documents say she cannot work as a result of injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident.

Others indicted by the grand jury this week are:

• Jared J. Small, 40, of Pittsfield, charged with aggravated trafficking in heroin, class A, in a school safe zone; trafficking in heroin, class B; and possession of heroin, class C, Oct. 27 in Pittsfield.

• Tyler Tibbetts, 21, of Hampden, charged with aggravated criminal mischief, class C; criminal mischief, class D; and with a second count of criminal mischief, class D, for allegedly smashing windows at TD Bank, Dysart’s and the Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, all in Pittsfield, Dec. 31, 2015.

• Bruce A. Burns, 51, of Lexington Township, charged with operating after revocation, class C, Oct. 25 in Concord Township.

• James Edward Hawkins II, 37, of Skowhegan, charged with operating after revocation, Sept. 9 in Fairfield.

• Kenneth R. Austin, 34, of Norridgewock, charged with burglary of a motor vehicle, class C; theft, class C; and criminal mischief, class D, all on Aug. 5, 2015, in Fairfield,.

• Kenneth R. Austin, 34, of Norridgewock, in a separate indictment, charged with burglary of a motor vehicle, class C; theft, class C; and criminal mischief, class D, all on Aug. 5 in Fairfield.

• Kenneth R. Austin, 34, of Norridgewock, charge in a third separate indictment with burglary of a motor vehicle, class D; and theft, class C; all on Aug. 5 in Fairfield.

• David Summers, 41, of Skowhegan, charged with eight counts of trafficking in heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine, class B, in January, February, March and April, in Skowhegan and Canaan.

• Bruce A. Danforth, 55, of Embden, charged with aggravated trafficking in heroin, class A, Feb. 22 in Skowhegan; aggravated trafficking in heroin, class A, May 16 in Embden; and aggravated trafficking in heroin and methamphetamine, June 2 in Embden.

• Jack L. Danforth, 44, of Canaan, charged with eight counts of trafficking in heroin, oxycodone and methamphetamine, in February, March, April and June in Canaan.

• Lisa A. Lewandowski, 53, of Smithfield, charged with theft, class C; and misuse of identification, class D, April 15 and June 16, in Norridgewock.

• William A. Palmer, 39, of Norridgewock, charged with operating after revocation, class C; and violation of conditions of release, class E, Sept. 16 in Norridgewock.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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