PORTLAND — A burglary suspect who was a high priority for police is behind bars facing  multiple charges after his arrest in Portland Wednesday.

James Emerton, 46, was wanted on charges of burglary and theft for allegedly walking into a back office at Becky’s Diner and stealing cash on two separate occasions, police said. He also was wanted by South Portland police on charges of breaking into cars in August.

Police obtained warrants and asked for the public’s help in finding Emerton because his extensive criminal history and the charges against him raised concerns that he would steal from others, police said.

“One individual intent on doing this kind of thing is capable of victimizing a large number of people,” said Lt. Gary Rogers.

Emerton had been sought by the department’s Crime Reduction Unit, which learned he was staying at 485 Cumberland Ave., where he was arrested without incident Wednesday afternoon, Rogers said. He also was charged with possession of crack cocaine.

Emerton is being held without bail at Cumberland County Jail.