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Kennebec Journal

A couple from Richmond face charges in a string of burglaries that they allegedly committed with their toddler in tow.

Bruce Tillson, 33, and his wife, Jessica Tillson, 23, are each charged with three counts of burglary, said Lincoln County Sheriff’s Lt. Michael Murphy. They are being held in the Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset on $50,000 cash bail each.

The burglaries occurred during the past couple of weeks in Richmond and Alna, Murphy said. The items stolen include handguns and rifles. Police have recovered all of the stolen items.

The 11 stolen firearms were found in Augusta and Winthrop, said Murphy, who believes the weapons are worth several thousand dollars.

Police believe the Tillsons took their 3-year-old child with them into the homes and buildings they burglarized, Murphy said. ”We knew about that because my officers found little footprints,” he said.

The Tillsons, when interviewed by police, acknowledged taking the child along, Murphy said.

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Child Protective Services is investigating, he said. In the meantime, the toddler has been placed temporarily with friends of the family.

The sheriff’s department asks anyone with information concerning the investigation to call Detective Sgt. Kenneth Hatch at 882-7332.