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Criminal Mischief (08/23/2017)

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Bank robber caught in Saco

SACO - A suspected bank robber was captured in Saco after a four-hour manhunt by Maine State Police troopers, according to a press release from Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland. 

Earlier on the afternoon of Aug. 16, the Infinity Federal Credit Union on Rt. 111 in Arundel was robbed by a man who made off with money and fled. The vehicle in which the suspect fled was later found abandoned in Biddeford. 

Two State Police dogs and the State Police plane were involved in tracking the suspect along railroad tracks and woods; this led them to a wooded area located off Lincoln Street in Saco. 

Tr. Adam Schmidt deployed K-9 Ibo for a track from the last sighting and eventually located the suspect in the thick wooded area; the suspect – identified as 48-year-old Glen Brackett of Biddeford - was taken into custody. 

Cash stolen from the bank was found hidden under a log near the spot where Brackett was captured.  

Troops A, B, G, MSP AIR Wing, U.S. Marshal Service, York County Sheriff’s Office and Biddeford Police all assisted with the search, along with the police dispatch centers in Gray, Sanford and Biddeford. 

Driver flees Plymouth crash

PLYMOUTH – A driver fled the scene after a crash in Plymouth, leading Maine State Police to subsequently track him down.

At just after 8 p.m. on Aug. 11, Sgt. Barry Meserve, Sgt. Bryant, and Cpl. Trevor Snow responded to Route 7 in Plymouth for a personal injury crash in which the driver had fled from the scene.

Upon their arrival, Meserve and Bryant found a Chevy Pickup that was completely totaled and wedged between two trees. The driver was nowhere to be seen, but they did notice a large amount of blood in a trail that led into the woods.

From there, a track was undertaken courtesy of K-9 Doyle, who immediately picked up the scent and began tracking. Troopers were able to follow a blood trail for about 100 yards before it stopped. The K-9 then continued tracking for approximately 3/4 of a mile in the woods before coming back out near Route 7.

Doyle then took a left – heading in the direction of Newport - and tracked a few hundred yards before locating the subject, who was lying in the ditch along the side of the roadway.

The subject – later identified as 23-year-old Ethan Pearl - had significant injuries and was transported to EMMC. As of press time, toxicology results were pending.

Washington County fugitive captured

HARRINGTON – A Harrington man is in custody after allegedly crashing his pickup and stealing two other vehicles in an effort to avoid being apprehended by the Maine State Police and the Washington County Sheriff’s Department.

At approximately 9 p.m. on Aug. 18, Jonathan “Jonny B” Baldwin was seen by a local resident in Harrington. The 37-year-old Baldwin had an active arrest warrant and was wanted for questioning in two recent motor vehicle burglaries resulting in over $4,500 worth of property being stolen.

One vehicle was broken into in Roque Bluffs and the other in Franklin. State Police Troopers and Washington County Deputies subsequently made efforts to locate Baldwin in the community, trying to locate the man before more crimes were committed.

The local resident who spotted Baldwin was hoping to assist law enforcement in bringing some justice to the area, according to a release issued by the Maine State Police. The resident alerted authorities and tried to keep eyes on Baldwin.

However, Baldwin wound up fleeing in his pickup truck. Ultimately, he wound up driving his truck off the road and rolling it over, damaging property and endangering the community along the way.

The State Police brought in a K-9 unit and began a lengthy track of the suspect. Shortly afterward, a silver Dodge pickup was stolen from Main St. in Harrington; that theft is believed by the State Police to be connected with Baldwin’s escape. That vehicle was then located on the morning of Aug. 19.

Later that same morning, a white Ford Escape was stolen from a residence located on Elm St. in Cherryfield, also believed to be connected to Baldwin’s escape efforts.

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