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UPDATE: Third suspect arrested after Falmouth burglary, assault

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UPDATE: Third suspect arrested after Falmouth burglary, assault

FALMOUTH — A third suspect who was wanted in connection with a daytime burglary, car theft and assault last week on Merrill Road turned himself in to police Monday.

Police said Christopher Girard, 30, was one of three men who were allegedly in the midst of a home burglary Friday, March 21, when they were interrupted by the homeowner.

Suspects Paul Cleary-Gagnon, 28, of Arundel, and Jeffery C. Poirier, 32, of Saco, were arrested and charged with burglary within minutes of the incident, but Girard remained at large until Monday night when he turned himself in to Biddeford Police.

The incident began about 3:40 p.m. Friday, March 21, when a resident of Merrill Road returned home to find three men leaving his house with a purloined jewelry box and step into a Ford Taurus, according to Lt. John Kilbride.

The homeowner parked his car – blocking the driveway's exit – and briefly confronted the trio, who were in their car.

"In the course of trying to get his property, they accelerated and hit him with the car," Kilbride said. "He got a pretty good cut on his leg and got tossed."

When the getaway driver tried to steer around the homeowner's car, the suspects' car became stuck in the snow.

"So there they are, stuck in the snow in full panic mode," he said. "All three of them bailed out of the car and started running. "

Two of the men ran in separate directions, while Girard allegedly hopped in the homeowner's 2006 Lexus and drove off. Meanwhile, the homeowner was on the phone with police who were, coincidentally, nearby.

Cleary-Gagnon, was "apprehended instantly" on Middle Road, Kilbride said, while Poirier was tracked with a police dog and arrested soon after.

Meanwhile, police ran a check on the abandoned Taurus, which is registered to Girard's mother.

"We had information very quickly on the third suspect," Kilbride said.

The homeowner was treated at the scene for minor injuries to his leg. The stolen car was found the next night by police in Biddeford, where Girard was believed to be hiding.

Girard was arrested by Biddeford police Monday on outstanding warrants from the Scarborough police for burglary and theft, according to Kilbride. Falmouth police will also charge Girard with burglary, reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon and theft.

Ben McCanna can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or bmccanna@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @BenMcCanna.