Police: Lebanon man stole neighbor's car, took it on joyride and crashed in Dover

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Joshua Bragdon and the damaged Ford pickup he allegedly stole from his neighbor and crashed in Dover. (Maine State Police Facebook Page photos)

DOVER - Police say a Lebanon, Maine, man stole his neighbor's car after he left it running while warming it up on Tuesday and took it on a joyride before crashing it in Dover.

According to Maine State Police, the incident began when a State Trooper responded to a River Road residence for the report of a stolen vehicle.

Trooper Zachary Fancy investigated the complaint and learned the resident was warming up his vehicle and when he returned the vehicle was gone. The resident's neighbor, Joshua Bragdon, 37, of Lebanon, was observed getting into the vehicle and driving away.

A short time later Bragdon crashed the vehicle on Sixth Street in Dover. Bragdon was taken into custody by the Dover Police Department and was briefly held at the Strafford County Jail on a Fugitive from Justice charge.

Bragdon was cited by Dover Police for operating a vehicle without a license, using a hand held mobile electronic device while driving and a solid yellow line violation.

He will be extradited back to Maine where he will be charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, according to Maine State Police officials. An arraignment date on the Maine charge was not immediately available.

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