BANGOR, Maine — City police got a major break in a recent rash of residential burglaries when they arrested a local man Monday night after he apparently was caught in the act by the tenant of an Ohio Street apartment he’d broken into.
As a result of the subsequent investigation, Peter A. McCaffrey, 38, of 219 Ohio St., so far has been charged in connection with at least six burglaries and three attempted burglaries, most of which occurred on the city’s west side and stretch back at least as far as late November, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Tuesday.
As of Tuesday night, McCaffrey remained at Penobscot County Jail, where he was being held on $5,000 cash bail. If he fails to post bail, McCaffrey is scheduled to make an initial appearance at the Penobscot Judicial Center today.
Some of those burglaries occurred while the homeowners were home sleeping, Edwards said earlier this month.
Edwards said Tuesday that the investigation is ongoing and that additional charges could follow.
According to Edwards, the incident that led to McCaffrey’s arrest began about 7:40 p.m. Monday, when Bangor police officers were sent to the Bower Street area after receiving a call that a burglary suspect was being detained by two men.
Edwards said that the renter of an Ohio Street apartment came home shortly before that and found an unknown man later identified as McCaffrey inside. The resident, whose name was not released, reportedly yelled to McCaffrey but the suspect walked out of the victim’s home. After the victim ordered McCaffrey to stop, McCaffrey took off running.
The Ohio Street resident then chased McCaffrey and while running after him, called a bystander who was walking in the area, for help. The resident and the bystander caught up with McCaffrey on Bower Street and held him until police officers arrived.
After he was arrested, McCaffrey was taken to Penobscot County Jail, where he remained late Tuesday night.
During their investigation, police recovered numerous items they believe were taken during a series of break-ins, Edwards said. He said that some of the items had been returned to their owners but that the Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division is inventorying many others in an effort to determine rightful owner-ship.
The list of recovered goods includes a handgun and ammunition, cash, jewelry, laptop computers, a large flat-screen television, a silver tea set and serving tray, china tableware and figurines, cameras and a video game system. Edwards said, however, that investigators believe McCaffrey sold or otherwise disposed of some of the valuables reported missing.
As of Tuesday, McCaffrey had been charged with: one count of Class A felony burglary, punishable by up to 30 years behind bars and a fine of up to $50,000; five counts of Class B felony burglary, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000; and three counts of attempted burglary, a Class C felony pun-ishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.