A Tenants Harbor man has been charged in connection with a boat sinking case that sent two others to jail earlier this summer.

Alan Norwood, 47, was arrested by the Maine Marine Patrol and charged with aggravated criminal mischief for his involvement in the sinking of a 36-foot lobster boat owned by Joshua Hupper.

Earlier this month, Vincent Hilt, 22, of Vinalhaven and Devin Meklin, 20, of Warren were arrested and charged with felony criminal mischief for intentionally sinking the lobster boat on Sept. 1 in Tenants Harbor. Since then, Norwood has been under investigation by the Maine Marine Patrol. He was suspected of arranging to have the boat sunk.

Investigators say evidence in the case points to a dispute between Norwood, a licensed lobsterman, and Hupper as a possible motive.

Norwood was arrested Thursday and taken to Knox County Jail. Aggravated criminal mischief carries a potential punishment of up to 5 years in prison and fines. Norwood could be ordered to pay restitution.

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