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Madawaska police charge homeless man in feces spreading incidents

MADAWASKA, Maine — The Madawaska Police Department successfully apprehended a man they say is responsible for smearing feces on cars and property in Madawaska on Aug. 7. 

Raheel Chughtai, 36, a homeless man who has been in the area for a few weeks, was arrested Thursday night and charged with 14 counts of reckless conduct due to health concerns, according to police. 

Police began to receive reports of feces being spread on car windows, door handles and other surfaces along 10th Avenue and Main Street at 6:20 a.m. Thursday and had more throughout the day. 

Police said that the way the feces was smeared appeared intentional so that the victims would unsuspectingly touch it. 

After reviewing footage from a few security cameras in the area, police determined that Chughtai was the culprit and tracked him down, Chughtai was arrested at approximately 6 p.m. that same day. 

His court date is set for Sept. 4.

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