THOMASTON — A Thomaston man is a suspect in numerous break-ins and thefts from storage lockers in the midcoast during the last two years, police say.

Joshua Vandine, 37, was arrested by Maine State Police troopers in Rockland on Monday and charged with burglary and possessing a stolen gun, according to police spokesman Stephen McCausland.

Troopers seized enough items from Vandine’s home, vehicle and his storage locker to load up two U-Haul trucks. The items include chainsaws, tools, hunting and fishing equipment, coins, antiques, toys and clothing, according to McCausland.

Police are asking residents of Knox, Waldo, Lincoln and Sagadahoc counties to check their storage units to see if they are missing any items.

Vandine is suspected of cutting the padlocks from the storage units and then replacing the locks with his own to avoid immediate detection.

Owners who have not checked their storage units in months could be victims, police said. Storage unit owners and renters who have discovered they are victims should call the state police in Augusta at 624-7076.

Sheriffs’ offices from the four counties have been working with state police on the cases.

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