June 01, 2020
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Man accused of attempting to break into Maine Historical Society

CBS 13 | BDN
CBS 13 | BDN

A man was arrested early Wednesday morning after an attempted break-in at the Maine Historical Society, the latest in a string of burglaries to hit the city of Portland in recent weeks.

Tim Toun, 30, was charged with attempted burglary and criminal mischief, Portland police Lt. Robert Martin said.

Police were called to the historical society in downtown on Congress Street about 2:46 a.m. after someone reported hearing breaking glass there, Martin said.

He said that responding officers found glass in a door to the historical society was broken, but it did not appear anyone gained entry.

Toun and another man were found on nearby Preble Street, Martin said. Toun had an active warrant for his arrest on theft charges, and he and the other men were arrested, Martin said. The second man was not charged and later released.

Toun is being held at the Cumberland County Jail.

Martin said a string of burglaries across the city remain under investigation, and no one has been charged with the other crimes. Investigators will be meeting with a prosecutor from the Cumberland County District attorney’s office to discuss those investigations, he said.

Since July 28, there have been 15 burglaries at businesses across the city, including four others in addition to the attempted break-in at the Maine Historical Society this week. The other businesses hit this week are Squeaky Clean Laundry on Washington Avenue, Others Cafe on Monument Square, Bayside American Cafe on Portland Street and Still a Good Cause Thrift Shop on Forest Avenue.

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