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Snow tracks lead to burglars
MEXICO -- Following numerous car burglaries, a police officer followed tracks left in heavy snow, leading to the arrest of two young Rumford men early on Dec. 27.
Mexico Police Sgt. Roy Hodsdon said the men, Parker C. Erskine, 21, of Cumberland Street, and Charles Lee Gannon, Jr., 18, of Knox Street, were arrested by Mexico Officer Daniel Carrier and charged with burglary of motor vehicles and receiving stolen property.
During the winter's first large snowstorm, Hodsdon said on-duty Officer Carrier was told a Middle Street resident reported at 3:55 a.m. that a pair of males in dark clothing wearing hoods over the heads were walking in and out around vehicles.
Carrier then found the tracks -- the only ones, given the snowstorm and the hour -- and followed them a short distance to the two men on Middle Avenue. Hodsdon said the officer questioned the two men, who had some of the stolen property on them, including a GPS, which led back to one of the burglarized vehicles. They were taken to the Mexico Police Department where they were arrested, then taken to the Oxford County Jail in South Paris.
Hodsdon said it's believed the two may been searching for unlocked vehicles in more than 40 driveways along Kimball, Carlton and Middle avenues, Porter Bridge and Flood Street. More than $500 in items has been recovered so far, including gift cards and an iPod.
He noted they received a call later in the day from a woman who lost a purse, which was later found in a tree in the area.