Incident Date: 08/29/21
Incident Time: 4:45 AM
Incident Location: Casco (multiple locations)
Release Date: 08-29-21
Release Time: 9:00 PM
On the above date and time deputies in the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Casco Bulky Waste/Transfer Station for a report of an alarm. The deputies responded and interrupted a male in the process of attempting to open a safe inside the office. The male fled on foot and was not located. Deputy’s continued to search the area for the male believing he may be on foot, as a vehicle was located at the Transfer Station. The deputies located a wallet and cell phone inside the vehicle and developed a possible suspect. Inside the wallet was identification for AUSTIN SWANSON-MONGE.
While deputies continued to search the area, another burglary was reported on Parker Pond Pines Rd., Casco. While investigating this burglary, deputies located another seasonal residence that had been entered. A K-9 was deployed in the area but was unsuccessful. Deputies continued to search camp roads and unoccupied properties. Deputies made contact with several pedestrians and homeowners to alert them and ask for information.
Eventually, the male was located sleeping inside an unoccupied camp by a deputy. The male was confirmed to be AUSTIN SWANSON-MONGE, who was in possession of the stolen property from the camp burglaries. During one of the burglaries, he stole a kayak and fled across Parker Pond. The kayak was later recovered and returned to its owner. During a post-Miranda interview, SWANSON-MONGE confessed to two unsolved cases: Casco Variety and Pears Ice Cream in Casco Village. He is charged with six counts of burglary, four counts of theft and violating conditions of release. He was taken into custody without incident and is awaiting arraignment at the Cumberland County jail.
Captain Kerry Joyce
Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office
(207) 774- 1444