Four area men have been arrested in connection with a series of break-ins and vehicle thefts, and police are still looking for a fifth man who was allegedly involved.

The incidents allegedly occurred in the towns of Brooks, Jackson, Troy, Monroe and Knox.

According to a press release from Waldo County Sheriff’s Office, 22-year-old Patrick Bickford of Brooks was arrested on four counts of burglary, one count of burglary of a motor vehicle and seven counts of theft. Smith Bickford, 48, of Jackson, was charged with one count of burglary of a motor vehicle and three counts of theft, while 28-year-old Zachary Milliken of Dixmont faces one count of burglary and two counts of theft. Also, Jonathan McCue, 22, of Knox, was charged with one count of burglary and one count of theft.

A fifth man, 24-year-old Billy Hall of Brooks, remained at large as of Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 15. Hall, who faces one count of burglary and one count of theft, currently has a warrant out for his arrest.

Detective Merl Reed with WCSO was the primary investigator on the case. The Maine State Police, Maine Warden Service and Maine Drug Enforcement Agency assisted Reed throughout the investigation, which began in 2010, according to the release.

“The burglaries have included multiple residences and buildings where metal, chainsaws and various items including firearms have been stolen,” the release stated. “Some cases include the theft of metal, vehicles and the burglary of motor vehicles. The investigation revealed that a number of individuals associated with one another were responsible for the series of burglaries and thefts.”

Chief Deputy Bob Keating said in one of the vehicle theft cases that came up in Reed’s investigation, it is alleged that a pulp loader was used to steal a pickup truck.

The release also stated additional charges are expected to come out during the next round of Grand Jury indictments.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Hall is asked to contact police at 338-2040.