The Federal Bureau of Investigation is coming to the aid of the Waterville Police Department in Waterville, Maine in an effort to investigate the “smash and grab” vehicle thefts that took place at the Alfond Youth Center in October. An initial investigation carried out by the Waterville Police revealed that the rash of thefts could possibly be associated with a carjacking and theft ring that has been operating in the northeastern United States, primarily in Maine.
Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey stated that the investigation has experienced a substantial expansion, which is why his department has requested the help of the FBI in bringing the perpetrators of these cries to justice.
FBI agents have noted that in several of the auto thefts, security cameras spotted a white minivan leaving the parking lot of the Alfond Youth Center which they say may be key in locating the suspects. It is believed that there are two individuals involved in the rash of thefts that took place at the Center but that the thefts in surrounding areas that have taken place may involve several additional individuals. The information from FBI agents was extremely limited, however, because according to officials, the Bureau does not generally discuss ongoing investigations.
Massey said this is not the first time that his department has requested the help of the FBI in solving crimes but that it “really doesn’t happen all that often.” He says, however, that because of the FBI’s vast resources and expansive reach and investigative capability, the department does call on them for help with crimes that either go beyond the department’s scope or that extend beyond its jurisdiction. He also stated that on the few occasions that the FBI has been asked to help, the Bureau and its individual agents have always been “very responsive and provide any resources we request, including agent (or agents) if necessary.”