Man Arrested in Connection with Maine Lobster Boat Sinking

Suspect Dives into Norwalk Harbor to Evade Police
Illustration: New England Boating

Alan Norwood, 47, of Tenants Harbor, ME, has been arrested by the Maine Marine Patrol and charged with Aggravated Criminal Mischief in connection with a boat-sinking case that sent 2 others to jail earlier this summer.

Norwood was arrested by Marine Patrol Officer Brandon Bezio on Tuesday, Sept. 27, and taken to Knox County Jail.

Vincent Hilt, 22, of Vinalhaven, and Devin Meklin, 20, of Warren were arrested earlier this month and charged with felony criminal mischief and felony theft for intentionally sinking a 36’ lobster boat owned by Joshua Hupper.

Since that time, Norwood has been under investigation by the Marine Patrol, suspected of arranging to have the boat sunk. Evidence points to a dispute between Norwood, a licensed lobsterman, and Hupper, as a possible motive.

Aggravated criminal mischief carries a potential punishment of up to 5 years in prison and fines. Norwood could also be ordered to pay restitution.