FAIRHAVEN - Fairhaven Police have arrested a man they say stole twice from a laundromat.

Police were called to Tumble Time Laundromat at 7 Howland Road Saturday morning after an employee reported a theft that occurred overnight. Surveillance video showed a man entering the locked office of the business on Friday night and leaving the store ten minutes later.

The business is staffed by an employee until 8 p.m., but the business remains open until 11 p.m. when the doors automatically lock and the lights turn off. Police determined the suspect entered the store when it was unattended, and broke into the office, taking an undisclosed amount of cash before leaving the store.

Later Saturday, police were informed that a man matching the description of the suspect had come into the store asking an employee about their hours of operation. Several officers set up surveillance of the laundromat Saturday night, and saw the man slip into the business just before 11 p.m. when the doors lock. Officers observed the man enter the office, and took him into custody as he left the building.

The man was identified as 26-year-old Joshua Audette, a homeless man. Audette is charged with breaking and entering in the nighttime to commit a felony, breaking and entering into a depository, trespassing, possession of a burglarious instrument, larceny, and assault by means of a dangerous weapon. The assault charge was filed after Audette threw a phone at officers in the police station during the booking process. Audette is being arraigned this morning in New Bedford District Court.

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