ORONO, Maine — An Essex Street resident arrived home at about noon Tuesday to find someone in his house stealing electronics and other items, Orono police Sgt. Scott Scripture said Wednesday.
“He basically came home and interrupted a burglary at his residence,” the sergeant said.
The homeowner said he noticed a vehicle parked in his backyard and thought it was odd but went ahead and opened the garage to park, Scripture said.
“He hit the garage door opener and then noticed something wasn’t right,” he said. “He started calling  and when he did the car drove past him in the driveway.”
The burglar, who had broken a back window and was inside the victim’s house stealing electronics and other electrical items when the homeowner arrived, “bailed out the back door to his car and then he drove away,” the sergeant said.
“We searched the area at the time with the help of state police and Bangor PD,” to no avail, Scripture said.
The burglar got away with some electrical items and clearly was in the process of unplugging others when he was interrupted, the sergeant said.
Scripture did not disclose whether the homeowner knew the man who broke into his house or if a license plate and vehicle description were given to police. He said only: “We’re following up on leads with the information provided.”