Police on the lookout for escaped felon in midcoast

Posted June 04, 2010, at 9:27 a.m.

NOBLEBORO, Maine – Police agencies are sweeping the midcoast on the hunt for a 60-year-old man who is on the run after he escaped from a Portland halfway house May 28. Police agencies have been searching for Wayne Collamore, who was in the U.S. Bureau of Prison’s custody for a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon, according to the U.S. Marshals Service in Maine.

The U.S. Marshals Service is calling Collamore dangerous and said he has an extensive criminal record.

Click here to see Wayne Collamore’s wanted poster.

According to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Collamore left a Portland halfway house May 28, where he was serving the end of his federal sentence.

“It was a halfway house, not a secure facility. He had the ability to walk away and that’s what he did,” said Sean Willitts, the supervisory deputy with the U.S. Marshal Service in Maine. “We’ve been looking for him since the 28th.”

Collamore went to the Portland halfway house after serving in a federal prison out-of-state, said Lieutenant Michael Murphy at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Collamore was supposed to serve the last months of his sentence in Portland, which would have concluded around September of this year, Murphy said.

Leaving the halfway house behind, Collamore rented a car, which he later abandoned at the Nobleboro Town Office on Thursday, June 3. Witnesses said he ran from the car at that time.

On Thursday, more than a dozen federal, state and local law enforcement officers searched the area, according to Murphy.

The search has widened to the entire midcoast, Willitts said.

“We don’t have a solid lead on him,. We’re covering the entire midcoast area,” he said Friday afternoon.

Willitts said anyone with information should call police immediately.

Police were waiting for an approximate location of the criminal before alerting the public, Murphy said Friday.

Collamore has a history of hiding in woods, breaking into vacant homes and stealing vehicles to make escapes, Murphy said.

Murphy described Collamore as a life-long criminal.

“He’s been in and out of prison for the better part of 40 years,” Murphy said. “This is his life.”

Collamore has been convicted of escape four times since 1971.

“This is what he does. He likes playing this game. He likes the chase,” Murphy said. “He’ll go back too prison. He will be facing federal escape charges.”

Collamore is a 60-year-old white male with graying hair. According to Murphy, he is about 180 pounds with hazel eyes and a mustache. He could be wearing either a brown button down shirt and jeans or a gray sweatsuit, police said. He was last seen carrying a plastic bag.

According to the Maine State Bureau of Identification, Collamore has tattoos trailing down his arms of a wizard, a wolf, a parachute, a snake and a dagger.

Collamore’s criminal history dates back to 1970 and includes 14 burglary convictions, 10 theft convictions, four escape convictions and much more, according to the 48-page document from the Maine State Bureau of Identification.

People with information about Collamore’s whereabouts can contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 882-7332, the Maine State Police at 1-800-452-4664 or the U.S. Marshals Service at 632-7553.

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