3 HELD IN CASCO BREAK-INS

by Christian Mower on January 15, 2014

Police in Maine say three people suspected of invading two homes in Casco early Tuesday morning have been arrested.

Capt. Don Goulet of the Cumberland county sheriff’s office says 20-year old Dylan Michael McPhee and 19-year-old Olivia Patricia Pope were stopped and taken into custody by Massachusetts State Police shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday on the Mass. Turnpike (I-90) in Sturbridge. The pair will appear at an extradition hearing before they can be returned to Maine.

Goulet says Fryeburg police, working with police in Conway, located the third suspect at his home in Fryeburg late Tuesday afternoon.

Fryeburg detective Sgt. Josh Potvin says he arrested 21-year-old Merwan Machhout shortly after 5:15 p.m. At 829 Little Chatham rd. The suspect is being held without bail at the Cumberland County Jail.

Potvin says he hopes the arrests bring “peace to the victims and a sense of security to those communities involved.”

He says his department is investigating the Casco break-ins to see if they are related to the recent string of burglaries in East Fryeburg.

Goulet issued an alert late Tuesday morning warning the Casco suspects were considered armed and dangerous after they allegedly broke into two homes earlier in the morning – one on Brown Rd. And the other on New Rd.

Goulet says McPhee was identified as a suspect by one of the victims after he and two other people allegedly broke into the Brown Rd. Home with handguns after a young woman knocked on the door and said she needed help.

Goulet says two homeowners at the New Rd. Address were pistol whipped and tied up. One man was later taken to Bridgton hospital with injuries described as non life threatening.