BELFAST — A Belfast woman was charged with attempted burglary Friday, July 22, after police responded to a suspicious person call that developed into a burglary in progress at 61 Ryan Road.

According to an announcement from Belfast Police Chief Robert Cormier, police responded to the call around 4:45 a.m. The caller said someone was banging on the front and then rear doors of the residence.

Upon arrival, officers found a person fitting the description at the rear of the home. Seeing the officers, the suspect fled on an electric bicycle and rode onto Route 1, according to the press release. After a short pursuit, authorities stopped and arrested the suspect on Searsport Avenue.

Mary Sczepaniak, 44, of Belfast was subsequently found to be in possession of a fixed-blade knife and drug paraphernalia, police said. Officers also discovered evidence at the scene of attempts made by the defendant to force entry into the residence.

Sczepaniak was charged with attempted burglary, use of drug paraphernalia, and refusing to stop for a law enforcement officer.

The defendant was arraigned on the charges later that day in Waldo County Superior Court and was scheduled for a probable cause hearing Sept. 30.

The investigation is ongoing, Chief Cormier said in the news release, and anyone having any information about this incident is asked to contact the Belfast Police Department at 207-338-2040.