Belfast police arrested Ryan Hast, 35, of Morrill on Thursday for allegedly stealing a trailer from the local VFW post. His vehicle was impounded for evidence.

Belfast Police arrested a man suspected of stealing a trailer full of recyclables intended to fund community events for a local veterans group.

Ryan Hast, 35, of Morrill was arrested and charged with felony theft in Belfast Thursday evening following a tip, said Belfast Police Chief Robert Cormier. Police estimate the value of the trailer at around $2,000 and had an estimated $600 worth of returnables when it was allegedly stolen. Around half of the bottles and cans were missing when police recovered the trailer, Cormier said.

Belfast police began investigating the theft at the Randall Collins VFW Post 3108 on Field Street on Monday. They turned to social media for help, posting a photo of the vehicle allegedly involved in the theft and asking the public for tips.

At about 7:30 a.m. Thursday, police found the stolen trailer in the woods on Back Searsport Road and seized it for evidence, Cormier said. Police later identified Hast as a suspect in their investigation and obtained a warrant for his arrest.

Police received a tip about a vehicle matching the one seen in security footage from the VFW on Thursday afternoon, Cormier said. They confirmed the vehicle belonged to Hast during a traffic stop on Hammond Road in Swanville at approximately 6:30 p.m.

Hast was arrested and brought to the Belfast Police Department for questioning and his vehicle was impounded for evidence. Hast is currently being held at the Waldo County Jail on cash bail.

The trailer will be returned to the VFW Friday morning, Cormier said.

“We hope that by bringing this case to a close quickly, it brings some closure for the

members of the post who were impacted by the thefts,” Cormier said.

Braeden Waddell is a reporter covering Belfast and Waldo County. He grew up in Waldoboro and joined the Bangor Daily News in 2023 after working as an associate producer for National Public Radio. He graduated...