Fort Kent police recover 16 street signs, charge two people in separate cases
FORT KENT, Maine — Police have charged a New Hampshire woman and New York man in separate cases connected to the theft of 16 street signs in total from Fort Kent and the surrounding area.
Someone called the Fort Kent Police Department on June 5 to report that a number of street signs had been recovered at a vacated apartment. As a result of an investigation by Officer Connor Lapierre, police charged Peighton Ahlberg, 20, with possession of stolen property.
Fourteen signs, including some that have been missing since January, were recovered, Chief Tom Pelletier said Friday.
Those signs and brackets are valued at a combined total of between $400 and $500, he said.
Some of the street signs include some taken from the Strip and Klein roads. Also stolen was a hand painted wooden sign marking Austin Road.
That case remains under investigation and further charges against at least one other individual will be forthcoming, Pelletier said.
In the second unrelated case, the police chief said that a tip led to the recovery of a stop sign recently taken from the intersection of Hall and Savage streets and a street marker stolen from Savage Street.
Matthew Forshey, 20, of Scotia, New York, was charged with theft by unauthorized taking in that case. He is scheduled to appear at Fort Kent District Court on Monday, July 3.
Pelletier said it is unclear at this time what the motive was for the thefts in either case.