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Caribou police warn public as search continues for burglary suspect

CARIBOU, Maine — Caribou police are urging members of the public to lock their cars and doors as they search for a burglary suspect from Rhode Island.

Since receiving a call indicating that Breon Stroup, 21 had allegedly burglarized a residence on the Bog Road in Caribou at 8:30 a.m. on May 13, officers have been searching him.

Administrative Assistant Laura Adams of the Caribou Police Department said Wednesday that Stroup is wanted as a suspect in felony level burglary, theft, and criminal mischief.

“We’ve been trying to arrest him, but he’s been running from us,” Sgt. Paul Vincent said Wednesday and as of noon on Thursday Stroup had still not been located.

After Stroup was spotted at about 1 p.m Wednesday in Caribou, “one of the officers got in a foot chase,” Vincent said.

But the effort was unsuccessful and Adams warned residents that “until he’s apprehended, I would be leery of leaving anything unlocked, whether it be a car or a house.”

Sgt. Mark Gahagan stressed Thursday that Stroup has not formally been charged with any crimes yet and officers are currently unsure if he is still in the area.

“We don’t know if he’s still up here,” Gahagan said, “if he’s back in Rhode Island, or if he’s trying to get there.”

Police are urging members of the public to call immediately at 493-3301 if they see Stroup, who is about 5 foot 10 inches tall.

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