Arrest is made in burglaries, thefts

Nathan Harkins

Nathan Harkins

MOUNT DESERT — A joint investigation by Mount Desert Police and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department has led to the arrest of a Tremont man for alleged burglaries in which he is accused of taking $8,000 in silver flatware and a firearm.

Nathan Harkins, 32, was arrested Saturday by Mount Desert Police Sgt. Leigh Guildford and Sheriff’s Deputy Dana Austin on a warrant charging him with burglary, theft and violating conditions of release.

Harkins is accused of taking the items during recent burglaries of two residences in Mount Desert and Tremont.

In Mount Desert, Harkins allegedly entered a home in the village of Somesville sometime during the past few weeks and stole a rifle, Guildford said.

Austin began his investigation into the flatware theft on Sept. 30, when a homeowner reported the items missing. At the time, Austin reported that some of the silverware had been recovered and that there was a suspect.

Realizing there might be a link between the Tremont burglary and the missing rifle, the two officers launched the joint investigation.

While arresting Harkins on the warrant, the officers were made aware of information that led them to obtaining a search warrant for Harkins’ vehicle, Guildford said. The missing rifle reportedly was recovered from that vehicle during execution of that warrant.

Harkins has been charged with Class B burglary. Class B crimes are punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.

Mark Good

Mark Good

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