Cash Theft case ‘Open and Shut’

BAR HARBOR — An Ellsworth man who allegedly stole money from hotel room safes was arrested Sept. 13 on a class C theft charge.

Nathaniel Isaacson, 18, was working in the housekeeping department at the Best Western Acadia Park Inn when the thefts occurred, according to Officer Eric McLaughlin of the Bar Harbor Police Department.

As a housekeeper, Mr. Isaacson had access to rooms in the hotel. Somehow, he had obtained the security access code for the room safes and used it to take about $3,700 during a two-day period, the officer said.

Officer McLaughlin arrested Mr. Isaacson at his home in Ellsworth after interviewing him there. There was strong evidence that Mr. Isaacson had committed the crime, he said. He declined to go into detail about the evidence.

“We lucked out,” Officer McLaughlin said. “It was really an open and shut case.”

About $587 in cash was recovered. Mr. Isaacson told the officer that he had spent the remaining $3,100 in one night.

Class C theft is punishable by up to five years in prison.

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Mark Good

Mark Good

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander