RUMFORD — Police said a local man wanted by Biddeford police in the theft of four paintings at North Dam Mill last week was arrested Monday night in Rumford.

Jachin Caron, 25, who has a Biddeford address, was arrested at 9:15 p.m. on a Biddeford police warrant charging theft, and taken to Oxford County Jail in Paris to await extradition, police and jail officials said Tuesday morning.

Police Chief Stacy Carter said Caron has lived in the Rumford and Mexico area since 2009. “He’s been staying on Franklin Street,” Carter said.

Carter said his officers received a complaint Monday night from a woman who said she lost her purse. When Cpl. Lawrence Winson and officer Lawrence Briggs investigated, they found a group of people in the area and ran their identifications through the Oxford County Regional Communications Center in Paris, he said. They got a hit on Caron’s name on the Biddeford warrant and arrested him.

Caron “indicated he didn’t have any cash to make bail, so we just transported him direct” to the jail, Carter said.

The missing purse complaint is being investigated, he said.

On Friday, Biddeford police sought help from the public via their Facebook site, saying they were investigating the theft of paintings from North Dam Mill at 2 Main St. From tips they received, they got an arrest warrant for Caron on a charge of theft.

Police also posted video footage showing the suspect removing paintings from a wall. Carter said he saw the video, which ran on local television stations.

Carter said Rumford police have complaints with Caron going back to 2009, so they are familiar with him. “He has family that lives here,” he said.

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