Collaboration between the Thomaston Police Department and Knox County Sheriff's Office led to the arrest of two people involved in the burglary of a Thomaston home.

Camden residents Ben Rankin, 23, and Amanda Secotte, 25, were arrested March 29 and charged with theft, criminal trespass and burglary, according to Thomaston Police Chief Kevin Haj.

The pair was at a Beechwood Street home to look at a vehicle for sale. The homeowner showing the vehicle later left the home, and Rankin and Secotte entered the home while she was away, he said.

The residence was unlocked and the conspirators stole a safe, a camera, and a television, said Haj.

An employee of Brooks Trap Mill told police they saw Rankin piling things into a green Jeep.

When the homeowner came back, she called the police to report the missing items.

Sgt. Timothy Hoppe of the Thomaston Police Department contacted local law enforcement agencies including the Knox County Sheriff's Office, to alert them to the wanted persons.

Sheriff's Office Deputy Paul Spear pulled the pair over on Route 17 and arrested Rankin and Secotte.

The stolen items were returned to the owner.

Rankin was also arrested for other warrants including eluding an officer, endangering the welfare of a child, and driving to endanger March 28.

He was arraigned April 1 and is expected back in court May 29. He remains in Knox County Jail on a $5,000 cash bail.

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