AUBURN — An activated alarm led police to Wallingford Apple Orchard early Wednesday where they arrested an Auburn man on a theft charge.

Police said 38-year-old Geary Bissonette was inside the building and attempting to take money from a cash register when officers arrived at about 12:30 a.m.

Bissonette was arrested on charges of theft, burglary and criminal mischief and taken to the Androscoggin County Jail where we was being held later in the day on $500 bail.

Police have been investigating a series of burglaries at the orchard, according to Deputy Police Chief Jason Moen. As part of their investigation, police set up a covert alarm system, which was tripped by Bissonette when he broke into the orchard’s mail building, Moen said.

Police said their investigation into the earlier break-ins yielded enough evidence to charge Bissonette with two counts of burglary.

According to court records, Bissonette has a history of drug trafficking in the Lewiston-Auburn area.


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