Three teenagers arrested after a May 2006 burglary spree in Cumberland and York counties were indicted on dozens of charges by a Cumberland County grand jury Aug. 8.

Andrew Legere, now 21, Derek Bean, now 20, and Derek Dunham, now 21, are accused with a youth who was a juvenile at the time of his arrest with at least 19 burglaries, including 10 in Standish.

Legere, a Standish resident, was indicted on the most charges, including 10 for Class B burglary, six for Class C theft, two for Class E attempted theft, seven for Class D criminal mischief, three for Class B theft and two for Class E theft.

Bean, also from Standish, was indicted on nine counts of Class B burglary, six counts of Class D criminal mischief, two counts of Class E attempted theft, five counts of Class C theft, three counts of Class B theft and two counts of Class E theft.

Limington resident Dunham was indicted on six counts of Class B burglary, three counts of Class C theft, four counts of Class D criminal mischief, three counts of Class B theft, two counts of Class E theft and one count of Class E attempted theft.

Detective Dan Down of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said Legere was indicted for more counts than Bean and Dunham because he was the driver during the spree while the participants differed from burglary to burglary.

The three and the unnamed juvenile allegedly broke into homes in Standish, Gorham, Buxton and Limington, stealing guns, electronics, autographed baseballs, coins, jewelry and alcohol. Down said at least one of them was caught on video spending the stolen coins at a convenience store.

According to Down, the burglars entered homes after skipping classes at Bonny Eagle High School in a spree that began around April 27 in York County. The burglars would break windows or sliding glass doors and sometimes return to school, Down said.

It was a Buxton homeowner catching Legere and Bean allegedly carrying items from her Church Hill Road home May 22, 2006 that led to their arrest. Although the two escaped the scene in a 2000 Saturn sedan, the homeowner got the license plate and the two were soon arrested by Buxton police officers.

Subsequent interviews in an investigation involving police departments from Gorham and Buxton, detectives from the York and Cumberland county sheriff’s departments and Maine State Police linked the pair and Dunham and the juvenile to other break-ins.


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