Police: Man stole boats, tried to sell on local radio station
FARMINGTON - A local man has been charged with five counts of theft, after police say he stole several boats and tried to sell them on WKTJ's Phone-Mart program.
Daniel Dustin, 22, of Farmington is suspected to have stolen a total of nine boats; kayaks, canoes and a paddleboat from owners in Franklin and Kennebec County, according the Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland. Local and state police were involved in the investigation.
Dustin is suspected of stealing the watercraft and then phoning them in to the Phone-Mart program on WKTJ, where users call and offer to sell various items.
"Trooper Matt Casavant said Dustin then would call Farmington radio station WKTJ and attempt to sell [the boats]," McCausland said in a statement released Thursday.
Most of the boats have been recovered, although police are still searching for a Dimension Typhoon kayak, allegedly stolen from Fayette, which was sold. State police also have recovered a kayak and canoe, McCausland said, and are searching for the boats' original owners. Anyone with information should contact the State Police barracks in Skowhegan at 474-3350.