PRESQUE ISLE – A local man is facing a felony charge following a string of aggravated criminal mischief cases in the Star City.
Jeremy LaFlamme, 25, of Presque Isle, was charged with aggravated criminal mischief after he reportedly slashed a number of tires on vehicles in late October. On Oct. 29, the Presque Isle Police Department received numerous reports of tires beings slashed on vehicles parked at residences and businesses located on the following streets: State, Davis, Summer, School, Main and Park. Vehicles ranged from the oldest, a 1987 Dodge Dakota pick-up truck, to the newest, a 2006 Ford Escape.
Officers Matt Cummings and Rob Thibeault responded and investigated the reports. In addition to private vehicles, two businesses – Theriault Equipment on Davis St. and Griffeth Ford on Main St. – also had tires damaged. Approximately eight vehicles had tires slashed, with replacement values ranging from $150 to $500, for a total estimate of damage at approximately $1,500. There appeared to be no connection between the victims.
Following a witness’s tip, Officer Kevin Reed was able to identify LaFlamme as the suspect and placed him under arrest for aggravated criminal mischief on Oct. 30. LaFlamme reportedly admitted to slashing the tires.
Reed went to LaFlamme’s residence to confiscate the knife used to slash the tires but was told by LaFlamme’s wife that she’d thrown the knife in a gutter near Winnie’s after her husband was arrested. The knife was retrieved and the wife was warned that she may be charged with tampering with evidence.
LaFlamme was subsequently bailed and is scheduled to appear in Aroostook Superior Court in Caribou on Feb. 22, 2009.