ELLSWORTH — Hancock County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a young Hancock man Thursday in connection with a string of burglaries in eastern Hancock County.
Chief Deputy Pat Kane said Jacob Richardson, 19, has been charged with receiving stolen property and reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon, both felonies.
Richardson was also charged with creating a police standoff, a misdemeanor. The standoff occurred when police arrived at Richardson’s home to execute a search warrant, the chief deputy said.
Richardson made threatening movements or gestures towards the officers while holding a firearm as officers entered his home, Kane said.
“The officers took appropriate action to safeguard themselves, the public and the occupants of the home,” Kane said. “Communication was established with Richardson and he ultimately surrendered to law enforcement without further incident.”
A girl, 17, was present when police executed the search warrant, said Kane. Police have charged the girl with receiving stolen property and obstructing government administration.
“Beginning the end of October of 2017, the Sheriff’s Office and Maine State Police began to receive reports of burglaries in the eastern portion of Hancock County,” Kane said. “The burglaries involved over 20 different homes, camps and vehicles during this time period. During the course of these investigations, several suspects were identified.”
“As a result of these search warrants, many articles of property that are believed to be stolen were recovered in the towns of Surry and Hancock,” said Kane.
“This investigation is ongoing with more arrests in the near future anticipated,” he said.