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2 Arrested in Portland After String of Burglaries and Attempted Break-ins

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    Two people have been arrested after 15 burglaries and attempted burglaries in Portland, Maine.

    The rash of burglaries started in July, with the latest at a construction site early Thursday morning.

    Portland Police arrested 42-year-old Danny Arnold at the scene of that burglary after he broke into and entered a work trailer at 100 Fore St.

    About 24 hours before, they also arrested 30-year-old Tim Toun after arriving to find glass broken at the Maine Historical Society Museum at 489 Congress St.

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    Cumberland County District Attorney Jonathan Sahrbeck believes an investigation will show Toun is responsible for at least some of the incidents in Portland since July 28.

    "It's anticipated the suspect will be charged with a series of burglaries around Portland," said Sahrbeck, who could not speak on Arnold's charges just yet.

    Sahrbeck said Toun already has outstanding theft warrants from before the burglary spree in addition to the one he was arrested for on Wednesday at the museum.

    Meanwhile, Steve Bromage, executive director of the Maine Historical Society, says more need to be done to resolve other issues that can cause crimes like burglaries in downtown Portland.

    "Portland's a big, growing city," said Bromage. "There are a lot of problems, from chronic alcoholism, to opioid addiction, to mental illness."

    Bromage says one way to solve that is moving forward on finding a solution.

    "The city needs to figure out the shelter and get that built," he said. "Currently, there are not the right facilities or program space or resources to really help the people who are in need that contribute to the problems."

    Toun is expected appear in court on Friday.

    It was not immediately clear if Arnold will be in court this week.

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