Burglars knocked over the owner of the Patterson Store in Burnham early Friday morning as they fled the area, police said.

The owner reported a burglary in progress to the Waldo County Sheriff’s Department at 3:06 a.m., according to a news release from Sheriff Jeffrey Trafton. The store is at the intersection of Pond, South Horseback and Winnecook roads.

The owner told deputies he had interrupted the burglary and was not injured seriously when the burglars knocked him to the ground as they fled, police said.

“Investigators have been conducting interviews and following up on leads throughout the day,” Trafton said in the release. “Arrests are expected in the near future as the investigators continue to gather additional evidence.”

Trafton, who could not be reached for additional comment Friday, did not say in the release how many people police are seeking and whether anything was stolen.

Detective Gerry Lincoln, of the sheriff’s office, was assigned as the primary investigator; and Deputy Merl Reed and his police dog, Frankie, were called to the scene to track the burglars. A Maine State Police detective also responded to the burglary report to help process evidence.

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