Police say they are making progress in solving more than two dozen motor vehicle burglaries reported in three towns this week after a Fairfield police officer witnessed a break-in Wednesday morning.

Sgt. Paul St. Amand saw a person breaking into a vehicle around 2 a.m. on Martin Stream Road in Fairfield, Fairfield Police Chief Tom Gould said.

“We called a canine out to do a track, but unfortunately we lost the track,” Gould said.

However, police were able to gather evidence from the vehicle and others that were broken into that is steering them towards a suspect, Gould said. He said the evidence is being processed at the Maine State Police Crime Laboratory in Augusta.

A description of the suspect seen Wednesday morning was unavailable.

The break-in is one of more than two dozen motor vehicle burglaries reported in the Fairfield, Norridgewock and Skowhegan area this week, and dozens more reported in all three towns since June.

A total of 13 car burglaries were reported Monday in Fairfield, and three on Tuesday. Most of the Fairfield break-ins were reported on Six Rod Road or Martin Stream Road.

Break-ins also have been reported on Martin Stream Road in Norridgewock and Bigelow Hill Road in Skowhegan.

Loose change was taken from most of the vehicles, but no substantial amounts of money have been taken, Gould said.

“I don’t believe they’re taking anything other than money. For the most part, it’s been change out of cup holders and things like that,” he said.

Police think the burglaries are related and that one person is responsible, he said.

The Oakland Police Department, Maine State Police and the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office also responded to Wednesday’s report of a break-in on Martin Stream Road.

Rachel Ohm — 612-2368

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Twitter: @rachel_ohm


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