Ellsworth Police Log Week of Dec. 7

ELLSWORTH — A supportive girlfriend found herself out a couple hundred dollars this weekend when a supposed friend made off with the money.

Over the weekend, police received a complaint from a woman who said a friend of hers took $200 from her while she was at the Hancock County Jail.

The woman, who was not in custody, said she intended to use the money to bail out her boyfriend, who was incarcerated.

She met the friend at the jail and handed the money to him while she went inside. The man said he would “be right in,” according to police, but failed to make good on that promise.

Police said Tuesday they are pursuing an arrest warrant for the alleged thief.

Sex offense reported

On Dec. 1, police received a report of an alleged sex offense at KidsPeace last year. The complaint was that a girl had been sexually assaulted by a KidsPeace staff member. The complaint remains under investigation.

Noisy complaints yield no charges

On Nov. 30, police responded to Travis Court for a report of a domestic dispute and possible threats of suicide.

Police separated the couple and determined that the dispute had been only verbal, and not physical, in nature.

“The threat of suicide was made in frustration [during] the argument,” police said.

On Dec. 1, police responded to Daisy Way for a “report of a screaming man.” The incident turned out to be a family dispute and police said no crime took place.

On Dec. 3, police received a complaint “of someone yelling on Main Street.” An officer responded but failed to find anyone yelling.

Woman narrowly avoids becoming scam victim

On Nov. 30, a woman came to the police station after almost being scammed out of $250.

The woman got a call saying she was a lottery winner, and was told to get a money order for $250. She would then give that money order to another person, who she would meet at the post office, and supposedly get $300 in return.

There was also mention of possibly sending something to someone in Pennsylvania as part of the scam. When staff at the post office learned about what the woman had been instructed to do, they advised her to contact the police, which she then did.

She did not give the money order to anyone else, and so was not out any money.

Missing child found quickly

In the aftermath of this year’s annual Christmas parade on Saturday, there was a moment of concern when a 9-year-old child who was part of the Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School contingent could not be found at the designated meeting place. The child was found shortly thereafter, however, and reunited with family.

Thefts and other losses

On Nov. 30, police received a report of stolen medication and clothing at an address off of High Street.

Isaac Collins, 20, of Robbinston was charged with theft by unauthorized taking or transfer after he allegedly stole about $84 worth of hats and a pair of children’s shoes from Marden’s on Nov. 30.

On Dec. 1, one area businessman made a theft complaint and reported that another local businessman had deprived him of a large sum of money. The complaint remains under investigation.

On Dec. 1, police were called to Walmart for a reported theft. One customer using a self-checkout machine requested $100 back in cash but then forgot to take the money.

A woman who was next in line reportedly helped herself to the cash, however. Police said the incident was captured on video and remains under investigation.

Kevin Chipman, 38, of Southwest Harbor was arrested and charged with theft Dec. 3 after he allegedly stole a $55 speaker from Walmart. He was arrested rather than summoned because of prior theft convictions, police said.

On Dec. 4, a 17-year-old boy from Harrington was summoned on a charge of theft after he allegedly stole a phone case valued at $14.92 from Walmart.

On Dec. 4, a vendor at the Maine Coast Mall reported someone took a $95 bracelet from a display counter. The complaint remains under investigation.


Matthew Hardison, 36, of Eastbrook was arrested Dec. 1 on Water Street on a warrant charging him with theft and violation of condition of release.

Traffic violation

Brandon Hatch, 22, of Kenduskeag, improper passing on Route 1 Nov. 30.

Speeding ticket

Kimberly M. Beal, 44, of Brewer, 34 mph in a 25-mph zone on High Street Dec. 3.

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.