DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — The Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a series of burglaries that occurred on Sunday and Monday.

Two homes in Sangerville and Abbot were ransacked on Monday. Investigations Lt. Bob Young said the burglaries are connected and he believes more than one person was involved.

A residence on Route 23 in Sangerville was broken into, as was a home on Piper Pond Road in Abbot. Both burglaries occurred during the daytime on Monday.

“Both involved forced entry,” said Young.

Young said a lot of jewelry, money, a laptop computer, a camera and two large flat-screen TVs were stolen.

“We think they went to the houses and knocked on the door,” he said. “When no one came to the door, they broke in.”

Young said the burglaries are a bit unusual because there was a vehicle outside one of the homes. Usually that will deter a suspect, he said.

“We’re looking for anyone in that area who not only saw something unusual, but if someone knocked on their door,” said Young.

He said the two burglaries on Monday also may be connected to three seasonal camp burglaries in Elliotsville on Sunday, “but those involved theft of tools and firearms.”

A suspect in the Elliotsville burglaries was arrested by the State Fire Marshal’s Office on Tuesday and charged with arson in connection with a fire that destroyed Bob Miles Plumbing and Heating building on U.S. Route 1 in Freeport on Monday night.

“I can say that the guy that was arrested for arson is a suspect in the Elliotsville burglaries,” said Young.

Christopher Veysey, a 21-year-old transient who is originally from the Hartland area, was arrested by Portland Investigator Danny Young while trying to board a bus headed to South Carolina.

Anyone who may have information regarding the burglaries is asked to contact the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department at 564-3304.