Police seek public’s help to find burglary suspect

Posted March 25, 2010, at 9:39 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — The Rockland Police Department is asking for the community’s help to find a man who police say was involved in a Jan. 20 burglary that targeted a 77-year-old woman.

Police said Joshua Ellis, 25, of Waldoboro is one of three suspects in the robbery case when three men broke into a Dunton Avenue home, restrained the woman who lived there and stole change totaling about $200.

Police said Ellis will be charged with robbery, burglary, criminal restraint, theft, criminal mischief and obstructing the report of a crime.

Rockland police Detective Sgt. Christopher Young said Ellis is in the midcoast area.

New leads in this case surfaced after law enforcement investigated an unrelated drug case last week, Young said. Information is not available on the other two men allegedly involved.

Ellis knew the woman through his previous employment, Young said.

Rockland Police Department, Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, Waldoboro police and Knox County Sheriff’s Department worked together on the investigation.

“All the departments each had a piece, and we had to wait for each to finish their piece before we could put it together,” Young said.

Robbery is a Class A crime punishable by up to a $50,000 fine and a prison sentence up to 30 years. Burglary is a Class B crime punishable by a fine up to $20,000 and up to a 10-year prison sentence. Criminal restraint is a Class C crime punishable by a fine up to $5,000 and a jail term of no more than five years.

The Rockland Police Department can be reached at 594-0316.

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