Second Arrest Made In Theft Of Elderly Couple’s Christmas Gifts In Oakland

Rob Poindexter

Updated 1 year ago

Police in Oakland have made a second arrest in the case of an elderly couple who had their Christmas presents stolen from their home last week.  Oakland Police Captain Rick Stubbert said Brandon Rimes, 26, was arrested Wednesday afternoon around 12:30.  “We believed there was a second individual involved from the beginning, but this second arrest just took a little while to make. We had to follow up on some more leads and dig a little deeper,” Stubbert said Thursday.Last week Charlotte Lovejoy, 87, and her husband Del Lovejoy, 88, awoke to find that all their Christmas presents had been stolen overnight while they slept.  Police quickly arrested 25-year-old Jason Horne.  Both men are charged with burglary, theft, and criminal mischief.Both Horne and Rimes lived across the street and knew the Lovejoys.Stubbert says Rimes was cooperating with police after his arrest. “He was very forthcoming. He gave us some more details and we were able to recover a little more property.” Stubbert said police have recovered about a quarter of the stolen property, but Horne and Rimes had already destroyed most of the stolen gifts.  During their preliminary conversations with the two accused thieves, neither of the two men have said what motivated the theft. “They didn’t really want to share why. I think it was more of a crime of opportunity for them,” Stubbert said.  “They knew the couple was elderly and they could probably enter the house without being caught or noticed.”Stubbert said Horne is known to police and has an extensive criminal record. Rimes has no criminal record. Both men are due in court in February.The Oakland Police Department is still accepting donations on behalf of the Lovejoys, who live on a fixed income.  Stubbert says they’ve already collected around $3,000. Anyone interests in helping out is urged to either call the Oakland Police Department or mail their donation.7 Fairfield StreetOakland Maine04963465-2202


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