HERMON, Maine — A man on probation for a 2007 robbery was arrested Friday morning in connection with a Hermon theft, police said.

James Hayes, 49, of Bangor, who spent five years behind bars, turned himself in to his probation officer Friday morning, according to Chief Deputy Troy Morton of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office.

On Thursday, sheriff’s deputies had put out a release asking for the public’s help in identifying a person of interest in connection with the theft of a donation box of money meant for the Hermon food pantry, Morton said.

“Within minutes of the story and photos airing, the Sheriff’s Office received several calls from the public,” Morton said.

Hayes was identified as the suspect through information collected from the public and a police investigation, Morton said. A probation hold was placed on him and he was also issued a summons for theft.

Hayes was on probation for a 2007 home robbery in Grindstone. He was given three years of probation upon completing his prison sentence.

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