Ellsworth Police: Local Restaurant Out $1,800 in Scam

ELLSWORTH — A local restaurant was scammed out of $1,800 recently by someone placing a to-go order for a party of 200 in Massachusetts.


Detective Dotty Small said the call came through on the TTY system for hearing impaired people. The TTY system works with an operator who reads typed messages from callers.

Small said the caller gave the restaurant a credit card number for the order, which was $1,000.

Then the scammer called back and asked the restaurant to wire $800 in cash, the detective said. The caller told the restaurant it could charge the $800 to the credit card along with the to-go-order for the party.

“Apparently they created $1,000 worth of food, which no one ever picked up,” Small said.

The TTY phone system is how most of these scams start, Small said. An operator reads the messages so there’s no way to tell if it’s someone calling from out of the country.

“The chances of solving this are really slim,” Small said.

The restaurateurs speak a limited amount of English, which made it easier for the perpetrators to commit the fraud, the detective said.

Indecent Exposure

Police are investigating a complaint that a man exposed himself at a drive-through restaurant last week.


Excess gravel on the roadway contributed to a collision involving three vehicles traveling down the Surry Road to Main Street Friday, police reported.

Two of the vehicles had been stopped in traffic when the driver of an approaching car slid on the loose gravel while trying to stop, Officer Paul Gamble said. The sliding car hit the rear of one stopped vehicle, pushing it into the next stopped vehicle.

Nicole Lawonn, 17, of Surry was driving a 1994 Acura, which slid into a 2000 Chrysler operated by Rhonda Ulichny, 36, of Ellsworth, Gamble said. The Chrysler was pushed into a 1998 Ford operated by Derek Simpson, 30, of Penobscot, the officer said.

Gamble estimated $2,500 in damage to the Acura, $500 for the Chrysler and $1,000 for the Ford.

Arrests and Summonses

Donald West, 51, Steuben, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant.

James Richardson, 23, Franklin, operating beyond his license restriction (was not wearing prescription eyeglasses as his license requires, police said.)

Scott Martin, 32, Lamoine, possession of usable amount marijuana.

Jake White, 25, Trenton, possession of usable amount marijuana.

Larry Marshall, 40, Surry, operating after suspension, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant.

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