March 25, 2013

Stolen snowmobiles recovered in Waterville

By Doug Harlow
Staff Writer

WATERVILLE — Police on Monday recovered two snowmobiles stolen sometime over the weekend from a storage shed at the Quarry Road Recreation Area.

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Waterville Police Detective Alan Perkins, center, speaks with Waterville Parks and Recreation Director Matt Skehan, at left, near a shed from which two snowmobiles were stolen, at the Quarry Road Recreation Area, on Monday.

Staff photo by David Leaming

Deputy Police Chief Charles Rumsey said a 2001 Ski-Doo Skandic and a 2002 Ski-Doo Skandic, each valued at about $2,000, were found a short distance from the shed.

He said there are no suspects in the thefts.

Rumsey said the sleds were stolen sometime between Friday evening and Monday morning when the doors to the shed were found kicked in and the snowmobiles gone. The shed and the snowmobiles are owned by the city's Parks and Recreation Department.

"The folks from the parks and rec department did receive reports from some cross-country skiers who had been out on the trails on Saturday who reported that the trails appeared to have been torn up by snowmobiles," Rumsey said Monday.

He said the snowmobiles had minimal damage. The door to the shed was damaged from being kicked in.

Rumsey said both sleds were found near the trail, a short distance into the woods. One apparently was stuck in the snow. He said the machines are used for grooming some of the smaller trails at the popular, 120-acre recreation area off North Street.

Rumsey said anyone who might have seen activity related to the thefts is asked to call Waterville police at 680-4700.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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