Police believe escapee still in midcoast area

Posted June 07, 2010, at 11:40 p.m.

Police have not found a 60-year-old man who escaped from a Portland halfway house May 28.

“We think he is still somewhere in this area,” Lt. Michael Murphy of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said in a phone interview Monday.

Police agencies are still searching for Wayne Collamore, who was in the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons on a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon, according to the U.S. Marshals Service in Maine.

Collamore was last spotted in Nobleboro last Thursday after he abandoned his rental car at the town office and took off on foot. Police then widened their search to the midcoast.

Collamore was serving the last few months of his sentence in the halfway house after spending time in an out-of-state federal prison, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Police have been searching for Collamore since he left the halfway house, according to Sean Willitts, the supervisory deputy with the U.S. Mar-shals Service in Maine.

Willitts said Monday that police have been following up as many leads as possible, but that no more sightings have occurred since the one reported in Nobleboro on June 3.

Collamore has an extensive criminal record and is considered dangerous. Anyone spotting him or having information about his whereabouts is urged not to approach him but to contact police. Collamore has a history of hiding in woods, breaking into vacant homes and stealing vehicles to make escapes.

Collamore is a 60-year-old white male with graying hair. According to Murphy, he weighs 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.

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 to 1970 and includes convictions for 14 burglaries and 10 thefts, according to a 48-page copy of his criminal record from the Maine State Bureau of Identification. The infractions occurred in a variety of communities ranging from Rockland to Portland and Augusta to Wiscasset.

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

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