by Terri Ogan
---- — SALEM — Salem police have arrested a suspect who, they say, broke into a home on Dearborn Street early yesterday morning and stole money and a blank check at knifepoint.
Michael Arsenault, 20, was arrested early last night by Salem police on charges of armed burglary, malicious damage to property over $250 and larceny under $250.
No injuries were reported.
“It was a serious crime, and we took it very seriously here in the office,” said Salem police Capt. Tom Griffin. “Guys were working on it since it happened. Fortunately, it came together through a lot of hard police work.”
A resident on Dearborn Street notified police at 2:05 a.m. that a man had broken into her home through a front window on the right side of the house, according to police.
The resident woke up and saw the suspect inside her home.
Griffin said the resident encountered Arsenault in the kitchen and had a conversation with him, as he was holding a knife. After he stole money and a blank check, Arsenault fled the scene, Griffin said.
Police were able to identify Arsenault by matching the victim’s description with an individual in a security video from a shoplifting crime that occurred around the same time at a nearby 7-Eleven convenience store.
A detective in the office identified Arsenault in the shoplifting video, Griffin said.
Around 5 p.m., police found Arsenault on Webb Street, an area that he frequents, Griffin said, and he agreed to go to the police station.
“The guys worked hard on this; they did a good job,” said Salem police Chief Paul Tucker. “They put a nice case together, and they were able to grab the guy.”
Arsenault is set to be arraigned at Salem District Court today at 9 a.m.
Police are still looking into the victim’s stolen money and blank check.