Sanford teen arrested in connection with multiple burglaries

Posted Oct. 31, 2013, at 2:24 p.m.

BIDDEFORD, Maine — A Sanford teenager wanted in connection with a string of burglaries and on the run for several weeks was arrested by police in Biddeford on Wednesday night.

Michael Clapp, 18, was hiding in a closet in a friend’s house on Wentworth Street, according to Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland.

Clapp was wanted in connection with burglaries in the York County town of Hollis, and in Alton, N.H., McCausland said.

Three other men, Dylan Girard, George Sproul and Harley Herman, have all been arrested and charged in the case.

Cumberland County sheriff’s deputies, Biddeford police and Trooper Jeremy Forbes worked together to track Clapp, McCausland said.

McCausland said Clapp apparently had been staying in a motel at Old Orchard Beach for the past month. Police were concerned Clapp may have been in possession of a stolen handgun from a home invasion in Hollis, but the weapon has not been found.

Clapp was taken into custody without incident and brought to the York County Jail, where bail was set at $5,000. He was charged with burglary.