Suspects charged in South Portland car burglaries

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SOUTH PORTLAND — Police arrested two suspects they said will likely face several charges after a recent spike in vehicle burglaries.

There have been 51 reports of burglaries to motor vehicles in the city this year. That isn’t unusual, police said, but half those burglaries occurred this month and 11 were reported on April 10.

Around 1 p.m. Tuesday, one of the burglary victims reported seeing a man getting on a bus near Cash Corner while wearing a backpack stolen from the victim’s vehicle.

Officers stopped the bus and, after a roadside investigation, arrested Jason Fudge, 38, of South Portland, and Lauren Burns, 20, of Portland, on charges of theft and theft from a motor vehicle. They said they anticipate additional charges based on evidence recovered during their investigation.

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