NEWPORT, Maine — A Newport man is facing multiple charges in connection with a burglary at the town’s public works garage, according to police.

Matthew Cowette, 29, was arrested on Monday at his residence, according to Newport Police Chief Leonard Macdaid.

Macdaid said the public works garage was burglarized on Jan. 2 and several items were taken.

Investigative efforts determined that Cowette was the prime suspect, the police chief said, and a search warrant of his residence turned up several stolen items from the garage, most of which were recovered.

Among the items that were taken from the garage included old dam gates, a generator, a 50-foot extension cord, fire department oxygen tanks and gas containers, Macdaid said.

The stolen items were valued at “at least a couple thousand dollars,” the chief said.

In addition to the Class C burglary and theft charges, Cowette also was arrested on several outstanding warrants for failing to pay fines, Macdaid said.

Cowette was released on bail from the Newport police station after his arrest. He is due in court on Feb. 19.

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Ryan McLaughlin

BDN sports freelancer Ryan McLaughlin grew up in Brewer and is a lifelong fan of the New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins.