Fort Kent man arrested for vehicle theft, burglary at UMFK

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FORT KENT — A local man is in custody following a series of thefts at the University of Maine’s Fort Kent campus, including a motor vehicle and forestry equipment, according to the Fort Kent Police Department.

Authorities said they received a report on July 1 about a theft of a motor vehicle from the university’s parking lot, which occurred in the early hours of June 30.

Additionally, a work shed on campus was burglarized, resulting in the theft of 10 chainsaws along with various handheld saws and tools.

Throughout July 1, Fort Kent Police also responded to reports of a suspicious individual visiting homes in the area.

Following an investigation, police developed probable cause and arrested 20-year-old Preston Soucy.

Soucy has been charged with Burglary (class C), theft by unauthorized taking or transfer (class C), Unauthorized use of property (class D), and violating conditions of release (class E).

He was transported to the Aroostook County Jail.

The stolen vehicle and tools were recovered.

During the investigation, a firearm was also found and taken into custody by Maine State Police, who assisted Fort Kent Police with the case.

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