Three men have been arrested on several charges after police say they were in the midst of burglarizing a Ward Hill Road residence late Wednesday night, Sept. 21 when the homeowner returned and alerted law enforcement.

Dean Spaulding, 33, of Troy, as well as 37-year-old Daniel Flood of Brooks and 36-year-old David Seekins of Winslow were all arrested on charges of Class B burglary and Class D theft, according to a press release from the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office. Spaulding was also charged with violating conditions of release and trespass by motor vehicle.

The police investigation determined that the three suspects had broken into the residence for the purpose of stealing copper, according to the release.

Police became involved when the homeowner called the Waldo County Regional Communications Center at about 11:30 p.m. to report that that he had just returned home and noticed there was a suspicious vehicle in the driveway. The complainant also said it appeared that someone was inside the residence, according to police.

The homeowner reportedly parked a short distance down the road and kept an eye on the home while waiting for police to arrive. A short time later the homeowner saw the vehicle leave the residence and reported that information to the dispatch center. The homeowner also observed two individuals who were still at the residence, according to the release.

Maine State Trooper Doug Franklin was able to locate the suspect vehicle and found Spaulding at the wheel. Meanwhile Sergeant Dale Brown with the WCSO arrived at the residence and detained the two suspects at the residence, who were identified as Flood and Seekins.

WCSO Lt. Jason Trundy said there were a number of factors that worked in the favor of law enforcement, especially the fact that the homeowner returned to the residence just in time to foil the alleged burglary-in-progress.

“That doesn’t happen very often,” he said.

Trundy said many of the officers involved, like Trooper Franklin and Sergeant Brown, also happened to be in the area when the incident was first reported.

“Everybody was just in the right place at the right time,” Trundy said.

The investigation is still ongoing, and police say additional charges in this case are likely.