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PEPPERELL — The exact cause of a fire that destroyed the so-called Shawnee Road “mold house” remains under investigation, however police have arrested a Pepperell resident for allegedly breaking into the house and taking items from it prior to the blaze.

Joseph D. Mcosker of 44 Haskell Road was arrested without incident at his home Jan. 22, five days after fire ravaged 20A and 20B Shawnee Road just after dusk on Jan. 17. He is charged with two counts of breaking and entering in the daytime with intent to commit a felony and one count of larceny from a building, according to a press release from Pepperell police and statements from police Lt. David Scott.

Scott, Detective William Greathead and other officers had been called to assist the Fire Department at the fire scene. During an investigation that night, Scott said police learned a subject had been seen entering the vacant home on more than one occasion. After further investigation, an arrest warrant was sought and issued Jan. 22.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the state Fire Marshall’s Office and Pepperell police. Any person with information regarding the incident is encouraged to contact Detective Greathead or Lt. Scott at (978)433-2424. — Don Eriksson