Fryeburg man charged after series of burglaries

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FRYEBURG — Police said a local man is charged with burglarizing six homes in East Fryeburg last fall and setting fire to one of them.

Dylan Thorner, 19, of 1302 Bridgton Road in Fryeburg, was arrested at his home Tuesday, Lt. Michael McAllister said Wednesday. The arrest followed what police termed an extensive investigation of a series of burglaries in October and November 2013.

Thorner faces six counts of burglary, five counts of theft, two counts of criminal mischief, one count of theft of a motor vehicle and one count of arson, according to a news release from the Fryeburg Police Department.

He is being held at the Oxford County Jail in Paris on $7,000 cash bail, a jail official said Wednesday evening.

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According to a timeline released Wednesday by police Chief Philip Weymouth, the burglary spree began Oct. 28, 2013, with a break-in, theft and criminal mischief at Harvest Hills Animal Shelter at 1389 Bridgton Road.

The following day, a break-in and theft occurred at a home at 41 North Elkins Brook Road. On Oct. 30, 2013, there was a burglary, theft and a motor vehicle was stolen at the same house.

On Nov. 2,  Thorner broke into houses at 100 Sanborn Road and 12 Baker Circle and committed theft at both, as well as criminal mischief at the Sanborn Road home, police said.

On Nov. 12, Thorner broke into a house at 64 Belair Estates Road, committed  theft and set fire to it, police said.

Homeowners were home and sleeping during several of the burglaries, but no one was injured, police said at the time.

“We are still actively involved in this investigation and determined to establish if Thorner acted alone,” Detective Sgt. Joshua Potvin said in a news release Wednesday. “All those involved in committing these senseless crimes will be brought to justice,” he said.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact Sgt. Potvin at 207-935-3323.

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