Matthew Smart

Market, café hit by thieves



MOUNT DESERT — One man has been arrested and others are sought in connection with a break-in at a Northeast Harbor store. Meanwhile, police in Bar Harbor are searching for the person responsible for the theft of thousands of dollars in cash from a café on Cottage Street.

The Pine Tree Market on Main Street in Northeast Harbor was entered sometime late Monday or early Tuesday, said Officer Ken Mitchell. Cash, cigarettes and liquor were taken during the burglary.

“I’m trying to nail down the amounts,” Mitchell said Wednesday morning, noting that it is early in his investigation.

At this point, only Matthew Smart, 36, of Northeast Harbor has been charged. Smart was arrested on a Class B burglary charge, Mitchell said.

Mitchell said he was not certain how the burglars gained entry.

Police in Bar Harbor are continuing their investigation into cash being stolen from the Trailhead Café on Cottage Street sometime overnight between Monday and Tuesday.

Café owner Matt Hochman said that a “significant amount” of money, well more than $1,000, was lifted from behind the counter, along with cash from a purse that had been left in the establishment overnight. He said it was not typical for so much cash to be on hand, but that he had been preparing for a bank deposit and let it go until the next day.

There were no signs of forced entry at the café. An online fundraising campaign set up by a relative for Hochman and his wife, Angel, had raised $3,700 by Wednesday morning. The goal is $5,000.

“People have been so amazing. They come in and check on us and make sure we’re okay, and that’s been really nice,” Angel said.

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