Investigation into the burglary of a musical equipment storage building in Burnham led police to a man in Pittsfield who had formerly played music with the victim’s band.

Waldo County Chief Deputy Bob Keating said Michael L. Cookson, 18, of Pittsfield was arrested June 16 and charged with two counts of burglary and one count of theft by unauthorized taking.

According to Keating, police received a complaint at about 1:30 p.m. June 16 from a man whose storage building in Burnham had been broken into. The victim told police some of his band’s musical equipment, valued at an estimated $1,160, had been stolen. Missing were two amplifier speakers, drum cymbals and an antique speaker set.

Deputy Gerard Lincoln and Detective Jason Bosco responded to the call, and their investigations led them to a man in Pittsfield who police said had at one time played with the victim’s band. The victim told police he has had problems with the man, identified as Cookson, in the past.

Pittsfield police assisted Lincoln and Bosco, who later located Cookson and interviewed him about the stolen property. According to Keating, Cookson admitted to stealing the musical equipment and was subsequently arrested and charged.

Cookson, who is currently out on bail, is set to appear at Belfast Superior Court Tuesday, Aug. 3. Keating said all of the stolen musical equipment was recovered by police and returned to the owner.