Daniel M. Washington

ALFRED  — A Fairfield man faces felony burglary and theft charges for his alleged role in a break-in at a Limington apartment on Ossipee Trail in August.

When York County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the home after the burglary was reported, deputies found two men detained by the landlord and a tenant of one of the apartments.

A York County grand jury on Nov. 6 handed up indictments charging Daniel M. Washington, 30, of Fairfield and formerly of Colorado Springs, Colorado, with Class B burglary and theft, as well as Class D misdemeanor criminal mischief and a Class E misdemeanor theft.

Washington was released from York County Jail on Aug. 23 after posting $500 bail.

A 17-year-old Portland resident was taken to Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland following his arrest. No further information about the teenager was available.

In a statement released on the morning after the Aug. 21 incident, York County Sheriff William King Jr. said deputies found two men detained by the landlord and a tenant of one of the apartments when they responded at abut 10:30 a.m.

The apartment the man and the teen had allegedly burglarized was on the first floor and belongs to the landlord, who is also the owner.

King said residents heard glass breaking and noise coming from the landlord’s apartment and called him to let him know something was amiss.

One resident armed himself with a shotgun and went to the first-floor apartment to investigate, said King.

At the same time, the landlord arrived home and retrieved a rifle from his residence.

The two men found the alleged burglars in an adjacent barn and confronted them.

A week later, a Maine State Trooper and his police dog searched around the property and in a thicket found a 9 mm handgun and several watches along with assorted pieces of jewelry that were allegedly stolen from the residence.

An indictment is a finding that enough evidence exists to move forward with prosecution.

A conviction on a Class B felony carries a maximum prison term of 10 years, up to a year for a Class D crime and up to six months for conviction on a Class E crime.

— Senior Staff Writer Tammy Wells can be contacted at 780-9016 or [email protected]

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