$200,000 in stolen property recovered

ELLSWORTH — Police have recovered approximately $200,000 in stolen property and charged two Belfast men with theft after an eight-month, multidepartment investigation into a spate of burglaries.

On Monday, Aug. 1, the Ellsworth Police Department, Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and the Maine State Police conducted a search warrant at the Patterson Hill Road residence of 56-year-old Anthony Knight in Belfast. There, they say they found thousands of dollars worth of stolen property, including power tools, utility trailers, snowmobiles, snowplows, tires and a motor vehicle. Also seized was approximately 62 grams of suspected methamphetamine, prescription medication and approximately $3,000 in suspected drug proceeds.

On Tuesday, Aug. 2, officers returned to the Knight residence to conduct a second warrant “after receiving further information on more stolen items at the residence,” according to police.

Subsequently, Knight and Robert Larrabee, 44, of Belfast were arrested and charged with theft by unauthorized taking Class C. Both were booked into the Hancock County Jail and have since been released on bail.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the following departments have recovered items linked to 15 active burglary cases in Hancock, Penobscot and Waldo counties:

  • Ellsworth Police Department – 2.
  • Hancock Count Sheriff’s Office – 7.
  • Maine State Police – 4.
  • Belfast Police Department – 1.
  • Searsport Police Department – 1.
  • Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office – 1.

The Belfast Police Department, Searsport Police Department, Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency assisted with the search warrant and investigation.

“The investigation is currently continuing and more charges are pending,” according to a statement from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office.

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