A Farmington man was arrested Thursday afternoon in connection with two burglaries this week at the Care and Share Food Closet.

Evan McArthur, 23, was taken into custody at about 4 p.m. Wednesday after police searched his residence at 308 Fairbanks Road in Farmington and found some of the stolen items, according to a news release from the Farmington Police Chief Jack Peck.

Police had issue a warrant for McArthur’s arrest Wednesday.

The pantry was burglarized early morning Sunday and again Wednesday, and about $200 to $300 worth of food was taken.

Peck said that police saw someone walking near the food pantry, at 508 Fairbanks Road, about 5 a.m. Wednesday. Officers Justin Blais and Adam Welch called for backup, while waiting, Blais walked to the building, found a rear door partially opened and saw someone wearing a ski mask inside.

The masked intruder fled from the building, running into the woods, Peck said.

Police Sgt. Michael Adcock said Wednesday that the suspect Blais and Welch believe they saw Wednesday morning is known to the Farmington Police Department, and that they have dealt with him before.

The food pantry notified Farmington police of the first break-in on Monday night. The pantry was closed at the time of the break-in, and surveillance footage revealed the break-in occurred early Sunday morning. Adcock said he believes food pantry volunteers noticed the missing food when they were doing inventory on Monday.

It is not known if food was stolen during Wednesday’s break-in.


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