SKOWHEGAN — A resident of the men’s homeless shelter on McClellan Street was arrested Thursday morning after he was seen wandering between vehicles in the parking lot at Skowhegan Area High School, police said.

Vernon N. Porter, 57, was spotted looking inside the cars by high school staff, who called police, interim Chief Daniel Summers said.

Skowhegan Officer David Daigneault, the school resource officer, ran Porter’s name and found there was a warrant for his arrest out of Penobscot County court for unpaid fines on a theft conviction, Summers said.

Porter was convicted of theft and ordered to pay fines and restitution in Bangor in March, according to a published report.

Summers said that Porter told police he was “walking getting some exercise because of an issue with his back.”

The men’s homeless shelter is a short distance from the high school parking lot off West Front Street.

Summers said Porter did not have any stolen property in his possession and there is no indication any of the vehicles in the parking lot were broken into.

Porter remained Thursday afternoon at the Somerset County Jail in East Madison on $270 cash bond, according to a jail intake worker.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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