NEW PORTLAND — A masked man wearing gloves and armed with a handgun forced his way into a home last week in New Portland, where he scuffled with the homeowner and fled with cash, prescription drugs and three handguns, police said Friday.

The intruder was described as a white man in his 30s or 40s, six-feet tall and heavily built, said Dale Lancaster, chief deputy for the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department. On Feb. 27, the intruder knocked on the front door of the home at 606 Bog Road, the home of Wendell “Steve” Norton, 66, and then forced his way in about 12:30 p.m., Lancaster said.

Once inside, a struggle ensued and Norton was tied up, according to Lancaster. Norton later was able to free himself and dial 911.

Norton was medically evaluated by rescue personnel and was not taken to the hospital, Lancaster said. Somerset County detectives have collected evidence and processed the scene, he said, and are still investigating.

Police asked that anyone with information to contact the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department’s Detective Division at 474-9591, the sheriff’s tipline at 474-0230 or by email at [email protected]

Doug Harlow — 612-2367[email protected]Twitter: @Doug_Harlow

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