Man indicted in document fire

ELLSWORTH — A Bar Harbor man accused of setting fire to documents belonging to his employer was indicted Dec. 10 by a Hancock County grand jury.

Robert Machanic, 32, was indicted on single counts of arson, theft, criminal mischief and two counts of aggravated criminal mischief.

On the night of July 5, Machanic allegedly went to the Bar Harbor motel where he worked and vandalized the office area before leaving with a stack of documents, Hancock County District Attorney Matt Foster said. The paperwork didn’t appear to involve any subject in particular and could have included credit card information.

“He then went home and set a bonfire with the paperwork,” Foster said.

The incident was reported to Bar Harbor police, who responded quickly. The papers were ablaze when officers arrived, Foster said.

Arson is a Class A crime punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

Machanic is expected to be arraigned Jan. 4 in Hancock County Unified Criminal Court.

Mark Good

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