AUBURN — An Auburn man was apprehended early Sunday morning after officers responding to a burglary-in-progress call at Dag's Bait Shop, 559 Minot Ave., found Joshua Malo, 25, of 62 Bennett Ave., exiting the warehouse next door.
While questioning Malo outside the business around 1:19 a.m., police smelled smoke coming from inside the warehouse and discovered a fire on the first floor of the building.
Deputy Chief Jason Moen of the Auburn Police Department credited Officer Donald Cousins for extinguishing the fire before it spread.
Moen reported Sunday afternoon that Malo was charged with arson and burglary. He remained in the Androscoggin County Jail on $10,000 cash bail as of Sunday night.
Moen said that the Auburn Police Department was assisted at the scene by the Auburn Fire Department and the state Fire Marshal’s Office. A motive for the crime was not known, and the case remains under investigation.