SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — A man with an assault conviction on his record is back behind bars after police say he burglarized a convenience store.

Paul Hooper, 31, of South Portland, who is on probation after serving a 2½-year prison term for assaulting a Portland police officer, allegedly broke into a Cumberland Farms in South Portland early Saturday, according to Detective Sgt. Steven Webster of the South Portland Police Department.

Hooper shattered the front door to gain entry at approximately 3 a.m. Saturday, Webster said, and took a small amount of cash and cigarettes. A store employee reportedly arrived at work at 4:45 a.m. and discovered the mess.

Officers followed bicycle tracks from the scene to the area of Broadway and Harriet streets, the sergeant said, and eventually they caught up with Hooper and arrested him.

He was charged with Class C burglary, a felony, and is being held at the Cumberland County Jail on $10,000 cash bail, along with a probation hold. Most of the stolen merchandise was recovered, Webster said.

Hooper faces up to five years behind bars if convicted of the burglary charge.

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