Two jailed after breakins at pot cultivator’s home in Washington County

May 16th, 2012 by admin Leave a reply »

Scott E. ConlinRaymie D. Stoddard

MACHIAS, Maine — Two Washington County men remained in custody Wednesday after being charged with breaking into the same residence near Cooper twice within 14 hours earlier in the week.

Shots were fired by a resident of the home during the second incident, which occurred at about 11:30 Monday night. The home located on Proverst Lane in Cathance Township is occupied by Seth McLaughlin and Vanessa Nemec.

“McLaughlin is a marijuana cultivator and caregiver for several marijuana patients in the area,” Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith said in a press release. “During the earlier burglary and theft, a substantial amount of the medical marijuana and a 9 mm handgun were stolen.”

Smith said that, during the second incident, as someone was trying to gain access through a window, McLaughlin called 911 and then fired six rounds from a handgun, prompting the intruders to flee. Smith said it does not appear that the intruders were armed.

Scott E. Conlin, 38, of Cutler and Raymie D. Stoddard, 30, of Machias were arrested early Tuesday morning after a vehicle stop by Washington County deputies and Machias Police on Ridge Road in Marshfield. Conlin was arrested at the scene, while a male passenger in the vehicle, later identified as Stoddard, fled on foot.

With the assistance of a K-9 unit, officers subsequently tracked and

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