Former public safety dispatcher for the town of Bucksport Dan Joy, seen here in 2016. FILE PHOTO

Former dispatcher charged with theft of firearms

BUCKSPORT — A former public safety dispatcher for the town of Bucksport has been charged with Class B felony theft in connection with stolen firearms, according to Hancock County District Attorney Matt Foster.

Deputy Police Chief David Winchester summoned Dan Joy, 55, of Bucksport on Oct. 19.

“It is alleged that Mr. Joy took three firearms that were surrendered to the Police Department into his custody as an employee of the PD [Police Department] and took them home,” Foster said. One of the firearms has been recovered. Joy allegedly sold the other two firearms, the prosecutor said.

Someone might drop a gun off to the police station if it is no longer wanted in a home. For example, a widow might find her husband’s service revolver and drop it off at the Police Department for it to be disposed of properly. 

Theft of firearms is considered a felony no matter the value of the gun, according to Foster.

In addition to his work as a dispatcher, Joy had been the part-time animal control officer for the town of Bucksport for roughly 30 years.

The Department of Public Safety announced Tuesday via social media that a new animal control officer had been hired — Allyson Corriveau-Moore.

Jennifer Osborn

Jennifer Osborn

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