SKOWHEGAN — Police arrested a Skowhegan man this afternoon in connection with a home invasion robbery on Mechanic Street earlier today.
Michael Fortin, 31, was taken into custody at an apartment on Pine Street  about 12:15 p.m. Police Detective Kelly Hooper said Fortin does not live at the address but had spent at least part of the night or early morning there. Fortin’s address was not immediately available.
Jan Foster, a day care operator, said she and her husband got up Friday morning to find someone had entered the house and stolen diamond jewelry valued at more than $10,000. She said the doors and windows had been locked and the couple had been sleeping when the robber entered the home.
She reported the theft at about 6:30 a.m.
Drugs also were taken as was a small amount of cash, a laptop computer and some loose change. The computer was recovered outside the house.
Deputy Police Chief Dale Lancaster said items seized by police during Fortin’s arrest appear to match the stolen items, but positive identification will not be made until later today.
 


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