June 20, 2018
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Bath man arrested in connection with motor vehicle burglaries

By Christopher Cousins, BDN Staff

BATH, Maine — A Bath man has been arrested and charged with two counts of burglary involving motor vehicles and police say they are investigating whether he is linked to other automobile break-ins.

Paul A. Freeman Jr., 22, was arrested Thursday morning, according to a press release from the Bath Police Department. Freeman, who was intoxicated at the time, allegedly was seen entering a car on Spring Street that didn’t belong to him. When approached by nearby residents, he allegedly fled on a bicycle and was arrested a short time later nearby on Washington Street.

During this incident, police received a second report of damage to a vehicle on Shaw Street, which is in Bath’s South End. In that incident an object was thrown through one of the vehicle’s windows, causing about $300 in damage. Evidence at the scene linked Freeman to the incident, which Bath Lt. Stan Cielinski said led to the second burglary charge.

Cielinski said police also are investigating other vehicle burglaries that were reported at approximately 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Cielinski said further charges against Freeman are possible. Freeman has been charged with various offenses over the years, including burglary of a motor vehicle in Topsham in 2009, according to Cielinski.

“In Bath we’re always dealing with car breaks,” said Cielinski. “A lot of people still don’t lock their vehicles, although one of the cars in this case had the window smashed out.”

An officer at Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset said Freeman was released Thursday on $500 cash bail. His initial court appearance is scheduled for July 10 in Sagadahoc County.

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