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Two Sussex men charged in car thefts

Gun among items recovered

Sussex men Jesse Kindt, 23, and Andrew Olmstead, 21, were formally charged last Thursday after police found stolen items reported missing from the cars in Hartland that were broken into back in April. A Berretta handgun, which was allegedly taken from one of vehicles before April 9, was recovered.

The handgun originally belonged to Derrick Bowe who reported it stolen from his car between April 2 and April 9 near Sunnyslope Drive in Hartland.

The complaint says that Amy Summerland's car had also been entered at Rae Drive on April 7 and her Coach purse (with her prosecutor's badge inside), her laptop and her laptop bag was stolen. The purse was allegedly found on July 30 and police suspected nearby residents on Merton Avenue, including, at the time, Kindt and his acquaintance Olmstead.

The report says that police questioned Olmstead and searched his room, finding a .45 caliber bullet underneath his bed. They also found drug paraphernalia and a small amount of marijuana. Olmstead allegedly told police that the bullet must have fallen out of the stolen handgun when Kindt had it in his house.

Kindt's new residence, at his grandmother's house, was searched and the handgun was reportedly found in the top drawer of his dresser. Police also allegedly found the missing computer bag (Kindt told police he had sold the laptop), a sandwich baggie of marijuana, and other types of drug paraphernalia including a piece of glass with white powdered residue on it.

The reports say that both men admitted to "car shopping" earlier that year. Kindt has been charged with two counts of theft and two drug-related counts for possession and intent to deliver. If convicted he could be fined for up to $30,500 and serve up to 10 years in jail. Olmstead, who is being charged with one count of theft, could serve up to six years in jail or pay up to $10,000 in fines.

Olmstead is due in court today. Kindt's hearing is on Dec. 10.

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