Suspected burglar caught in Belfast

Posted July 11, 2011, at 12:13 p.m.
Last modified July 11, 2011, at 6:19 p.m.
Kristopher M. Russ
Waldo County Jail
Kristopher M. Russ

BELFAST, Maine — The same day that Belfast police asked for the public’s help in identifying a suspected burglar, an anonymous tipster called them to share the man’s name.

By Saturday, the day after the tipster called in, Kristopher M. Russ, 29, of Belfast, was in police custody.

Russ, who has a record of prior theft convictions, is facing five counts related to two burglaries and one attempted burglary that were reported Thursday by Belfast residents.

Following the tip, police obtained a search warrant for Russ’ Poors Mills Road home, according to Detective Sergeant Bryan Cunningham of the Belfast Police Department. By Saturday morning authorities had confiscated all the items reported stolen, including a PlayStation 3 video game console and a camera.

However, an undisclosed amount of cash that also was reported stolen was not recovered, Cunningham said.

“I’m sure there’s more charges coming,” he said.

Russ had “a lot” of prior convictions for theft on his record, Cunningham said. There also were three outstanding warrants for his arrest due to alleged violation of probation requirements in Kennebec County and also Florida.

He has been charged with attempted burglary, two counts of theft and two counts of burglary.

Russ remains in custody at Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset.

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