Alleged Relay for Life thieves charged

ELLSWORTH — Police have charged two local residents with stealing a backpack and its contents from a charity fund-raiser this spring and spending more than $1,200 of the victim’s money.

Kelly Ross, 28, of Eastbrook and Scott Firley, 46, of Ellsworth were both charged Thursday with misuse of credit identification (Class D) and theft (Class D).

The Relay for Life fund-raising event was held at the Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School track May 31 and June 1. Ross and Firley allegedly stole the backpack May 31, and the owner notified police the backpack was missing the next day.

Police said Ross and Firley used the victim’s bank card at Hollywood Casino in Bangor and to rent a motel room in that city. They allegedly spent a total of $1,245 of the victim’s money.

Detective Dotty Small said the duo reportedly “destroyed” the motel room, which attracted the attention of Bangor police. Video footage from Hollywood Casino also was helpful in identifying Ross and Firley, according to Small.

The duo is due in court on those charges Dec. 17.

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Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.
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