BOWDOIN — A Leeds man has been arrested in connection with an alleged extortion case involving a man from Bowdoin.

Sagadahoc County Sheriff Joel A. Merry said 33-year-old Todd Jean of River Road in Leeds has been charged with theft by extortion, a Class C felony. Jean was taken to the Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset on Monday, but later was released after posting $2,500 cash bail.

Merry said Jean posed as a police officer when he went to the home of the Bowdoin man to purchase a truck that he had advertised for sale. Jean allegedly told the man that he would not inform police about the man’s marijuana growing operation in exchange for giving him $10,000 cash and the truck.

After the Bowdoin man, whose name is not being released, gave Jean a partial payment, Jean threatened to go to police unless he was paid in full. That prompted the victim to call the Sheriff’s Department Sunday night.

Jean was arrested during a stakeout in Bowdoin on Monday afternoon.

Merry did not rule out charges against the Bowdoin man, and said the case remains under investigation.