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A teenager, on the run for several weeks and wanted for a series of burglaries, was arrested Wednesday night in Biddeford, Maine State Police reported.
Michael Clapp, 18, of Sanford, was found hiding inside the house of a friend at 38 Wentworth St. in the city, police said. He had been sought by State Police in connection with burglaries in Hollis and Alton, N.H. Three other young men already have been charged with the crimes.
Trooper Jeremy Forbes said troopers worked with the Cumberland Sherriff's Office and Biddeford Police, to track Clapp to the house Wednesday night and found him hiding in an upstairs closet, police reported. Clapp was arrested without incident, and taken to the York County Jail where he is being held in lieu of $5,000 bail.
Clapp apparently had been staying at an Old Orchard Beach motel for most of the past month, police said. Forbes said troopers were concerned that Clapp might be in possession of a handgun stolen from the burglary oft a home in Hollis, but the gun has not been located, police said.
Dylan Girard, 18, was arrested in October. Both he and Clapp are believed to have committed a burglary in Alton on Sept. 26 in which a firearm, a pickup truck and an ATV were stolen, police reported. All items were later recovered in the Limington area, police said. Investigators said there was concern following his disappearance that Clapp may be in possession of another firearm, taken from a home burglary on Sept. 20 in Hollis.