PORTLAND, Maine — A local man was arrested last week in connection with a pair of recent residential burglaries, police said.

Portland police Lt. James Sweatt said Michael Schwartz, 36, is facing one charge of burglary, a Class B felony, and two felony theft charges. He was arrested on Nov. 12 on a probation violation warrant, Sweatt said.

The first of the alleged burglaries occurred at an Emery Street home on Oct. 30 and the other at a Carroll Street home on Nov. 9, Sweatt said.

Both burglaries, which occurred during daylight hours, involved entering residences via basement or first-floor windows, with jewelry, electronics and cash among the stolen items.

Schwartz is being held on $5,000 bail at the Cumberland County Jail. Additional charges are expected as the case remains under investigation, as Sweatt said other suspects involved with selling or pawning of the stolen items have been identified.

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