A Charlestown, Mass. man was arrested by police after he led them on a foot chase inside a local restaurant in the early morning hours Sept. 8.

John Cella, 49, was arrested by Rockland Police Officers Alex Gaylor and Andrew Redden and charged with felony level burglary and theft. He was also charged with disorderly conduct, refusing to submit to arrest and two counts of criminal mischief.

A report of a stolen cash register from Roselyn Seafood Restaurant Sept. 8 is also attributed to Cella, and he will be charged with an additional count of theft, said Rockland Police Deputy Chief Wally Tower.

At his initial appearance in Sixth District Court, Cella did not enter a plea as he is facing felony charges. Bail was set at $10,000 cash.

Responding to an alarm at the Waterworks Tavern on Lindsey Street, police witnessed Cella attempting to break into a cash register.

Cella entered the establishment though a window, and officers also had to get inside the building through the same window before capturing Cella, said Tower.

Tower said Cella smashed items in the bar in his attempt to flee police. When he was apprehended and placed in the cruiser, he repeatedly slammed his head on the cage of the vehicle, Tower said.

Cella was taken to Pen Bay Medical Center for treatment before being booked at the Knox County Jail, Tower said.

Cella will appear in Sixth District Court Sept. 8.

Courier Publications' reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext.118 or via email at jlaaka@villagesoup.com.