Pennsylvania man arrested in connection with Skowhegan market burglary

By Jesse Scardina,
Posted April 02, 2013, at 9:50 a.m.

SKOWHEGAN, Maine — One man was arrested Friday and another suspect may be charged in connection with a burglary on March 27 at a Skowhegan market, according to police.

Tyler James Leh, 19, of Chester County, Pa., was charged with burglary, theft and criminal mischief after allegedly breaking into the West Front Street Market and taking alcohol and cigarettes, according to Skowhegan Deputy Chief Dan Summers.

A public tip from someone who lived in the Main Street apartment building where Leh was staying led to the arrest, Summers said.

“Kudos to the member of the public that was able to use the resources available to give us the information so the [police] could make a speedy arrest,” Summers said Tuesday. “The member of the public met police in person and provided information over the phone that matched evidence taken at the scene and follow up information from the detective.”

According to Summers, the case is being sent to the district attorney’s office for review, with potentially another arrest to come.

“Accompanying members [may have] taken part in the consumption of liquor,” he said. Whether anyone assisted in the burglary is still under investigation, according to Summers.

It was the fourth burglary at the store in the last five years, store owner Louann Barnes told the Portland Press Herald. The store was burglarized last year in a break-in that ended up being connected to a stabbing incident.

Leh is on probation for a conviction of theft by receiving stolen property while in Pennsylvania. He is scheduled to appear in Skowhegan District Court on May 15.

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