BELFAST, Maine — A man who allegedly was caught by police stealing metal from a vacant home on Swan Lake Avenue has been issued a summons in connection with the theft.

Clarence J. Lawrence, 34, of the village of Glen Cove in Rockport was one of three related men found at the home on the night of March 25 when police responded to a complaint that there was a “lot of ruckus” going on there, according to a report from the Belfast Police Department.

The men told police that they had permission to take the metal, and that they had covered the lights with cardboard because they didn’t want to bother the neighbors while they were working.

“The officer didn’t buy it,” Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham said.

Upon investigation, police learned that the homeowners had not given the men permission to take the metal.

Lawrence was charged on Monday with the theft of scrap metal. The other men in the home have not yet been charged, Cunningham said.