ELLSWORTH — A higher-than-average number of fraud complaints came into the Police Department this month. The same held true for shoplifting and theft investigations, summonses and charges.
Two local residents reported being scammed out of money, two reported possible fraud cases, and one woman said funds had been stolen from her PayPal account. One of the incidents was a tech support scam and cost the victim $149. The other scam resulted in the loss of $1,500. Both cases are under investigation, as is the PayPal incident. Police also spoke separately with two residents over possible fraud complaints on Jan. 22 and Jan. 25.
Three separate investigations were started over shoplifting complaints from local businesses last week, leading to one person being issued a trespass warning on Jan. 24. The other two investigations are ongoing. Police also are investigating a theft of a package on Jan. 22.
After earlier investigations into theft reports, police charged two Ellsworth residents and a Stonington man with theft.
Amanda Day, 36, of Ellsworth was charged with theft following a complaint from a local store on Jan. 5. Travis Danico, 40, of Ellsworth was summoned on a theft charge after a local store reported a shoplifting incident on Jan. 1. Ronald Wheaton Jr., 39, of Stonington was summoned on a theft charge after being detained for allegedly shoplifting at a local business.
No mask, no service
Officers received a report from Hannaford on Jan. 16 of a customer who refused to wear a mask in the store. The woman was reportedly causing a disturbance and refusing to leave. She was escorted from the store and warned for trespassing.
Detective Christopher Smith responded to Walmart on Jan. 24 to help with an unmasked couple who management wanted removed. Smith spoke with the couple, “advising them of the mandate and that management asked that they leave.” The couple then left the premises.
Police responded to a report of an assault on Jan. 16. The incident is under investigation.
Police are also investigating a report of an assault on Jan. 18.
Disorderly and domestic complaints
Police warned a woman for disorderly conduct at a local motel parking lot on Jan. 22 after receiving a report of disorderly people at that location. Officer James Hassard described it as a “verbal dispute between two guests.”
Police received a report from a local business of youths “causing issues,” Officer Jon Stanley reported on Jan. 23. He warned the youths for trespassing and had them leave the business.
Officers responded to a domestic complaint on Jan. 22 that was between a mother and daughter. Officer Amie Torrey determined that no assault had occurred and the parties were separated.
Police spoke with both sides after responding to a mother-daughter domestic issue on Jan. 24. No charges were filed against either woman.
Safe to drive
Police responded to a report of four people drinking at a local business on Jan. 16. Hassard made sure the person who planned to drive was safe to do so.
Police followed up on a Jan. 16 report of two young women walking on Bucksport Road who were not dressed appropriately for the weather. Hassard reported, “We checked the area, but we did not locate them.”
Police with an ambulance and the Fire Department checked in on a local resident on Jan. 19. The person was taken to a local hospital for medical reasons.
Police responded to a local business on Jan. 20 to check on the well-being of an elderly woman. The woman was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Officers responded for a well-being check following a report of a man yelling in an apartment inside an apartment complex on Jan. 23.
“It was all quiet when officers arrived and no one would come to the door,” Hassard reported, also noting that no one could be seen through the windows.
Threats and harassment
Officers spoke with a woman on Jan. 21 regarding a “threatening” man. The case is under investigation.
Police responded to a harassment complaint on Jan. 22. The case is under investigation.
Police met with three local residents at the Police Department on Jan. 22 who each said the other was harassing them. Officer Adam Bouchard issued warnings to all three.
Officers received a report of a stolen vehicle, located it and returned it to its owner on Jan. 23.
Police responded to a local resident’s report of harassment by a neighbor via text messages on Jan. 24. The neighbor was given a cease harassment warning.
Officers assisted the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office with a low-speed chase on Jan. 21.
Bouchard assisted the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency with a traffic stop on Jan. 22.
Police served a trespass notice on behalf of the Bar Harbor Police Department on Jan. 25.
Police issued summonses from the Gouldsboro Police Department to a local business for alleged traffic violations and mailed the summonses back to the GPD on Jan. 25.
Arrests and summonses
Iris Simmonds, 25, of Ellsworth was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear in court on Jan. 16.
Georgia Connell, 21, of Hancock was charged with operating a vehicle with a revoked license following a crash on Main Street on Jan. 18.
Seth Boyce, 19, of Ellsworth, failing to stop at a High Street red light on Jan. 25.