August 27—WILTON—A Lewiston man is charged with stealing items worth more than $17,000 from a church, business and home in late June, Police Sgt. Ethan Kyes said Thursday.
Christopher W. Veilleux, 34, confessed to the crimes, Kyes said.
Kyes was responding to a break-in at St Luke’s Episcopal Church in High Street on June 26. A silver chalice, communion set and a laptop, among others, were valued at more than $10,000, he said.
Two residents have submitted surveillance videos to police to aid in the investigation, he said.
While investigating another break-in, Keyes said a person found the laptop he had been given by Veilleux.
Agent Thomas Fiske was investigating break-ins at Creative Wood Products on Depot Street and a home on Prospect Street that were reported on June 27. Near the house where items were piled up in the driveway, some from Creative Wood Products, Kyes said. “We looked at properties in multiple homes,” some of which were removed from the church but were not reported missing. Those who had it said they bought it from Veilleux but didn’t know it was stolen.
Two witnesses told police that Veilleux admitted to entering the church, home and business, Kyes said.
Veilleux was arrested on August 17 while incarcerated in Franklin County Jail in Farmington. He was charged with felony theft by unauthorized confiscation or transfer and burglary, and a felony charge of violating the condition of release in connection with the church burglary.
In the home burglary, he was charged on August 18 with a felony of burglary and theft by unauthorized confiscation or transfer and a criminal mischief charge. Goods worth more than $5,000 were taken, Kyes said.
In the burglary of the business, where Veilleux previously worked, he was summoned on charges of felony burglary, theft by unauthorized confiscation or transfer and forgery. Tools and business checks worth more than $2,000 were stolen. Veilleux cashed one of the business checks at a company on Center Street in Auburn, but the company wouldn’t cash a second check, Keyes said.
Police have recovered most of the property from the three sites, Kyes said.
Veilleux is being held on $8,000 bail in prison on the Wilton charges and has additional Oxford County charges.
A conviction for theft from the church is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000. A conviction for each of the other charges ranges from up to six months to five years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000 to $5,000.