Fugitive found fast asleep



Brandon Thomas

Brandon Thomas

ELLSWORTH — A Southwest Harbor man subject to a police manhunt after being indicted by a Hancock Count Grand Jury last week was finally caught Tuesday – asleep in his bed at home.

Brandon Thomas, 27, was indicted April 8 on 28 separate counts that include burglary, forgery and theft, for allegedly committing crimes in Southwest Harbor, Ellsworth and Franklin in 2014, 2015 and this year. One of the burglary charges and four theft charges are Class B crimes, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Thomas was the subject of a police manhunt after he fled from his home Saturday when Officer Rick Graham of the Southwest Harbor Police Department went to arrest him on a warrant relating to the indictments. Thomas fled out the back door, reports said, setting off a search that involved Bar Harbor police, Maine State Police, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department and Acadia National Park rangers.

He was taken into custody Tuesday morning when Graham, acting on a tip, found Thomas sound asleep at his home on the Marshall Brook Road.

Hancock County District Attorney Matthew Foster said Thomas’ alleged crimes include the theft of checks that he later forged and cashed and the theft of firearms. In one incident, Thomas is accused of taking and forging eight checks that totaled nearly $5,700, Foster said. Victims included family members, Foster said.

Along with the burglary, forgery and theft charges, Thomas also was indicted on charges of possessing a firearm by a prohibited person, violating the conditions of his release and operating after license revocation.

Mark Good

Mark Good

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