Theft suspect caught in Bar Harbor

Posted June 18, 2010, at 1:40 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 12:09 p.m.

BAR HARBOR, Maine — A Portland man charged in at least one theft in Hancock County and suspected in other crimes has been arrested after he tried to run Wednesday from local police.

Brock Cochran, 30, came to the attention of Bar Harbor police Wednesday afternoon when officers responded to a complaint on the Village Green, according to Bar Harbor police Lt. James Pinkham. While dealing with the complaint, police asked Cochran his name but were unable to verify his identity, Pinkham said Wednes-day. After not being able to provide police with identification, Cochran walked with Officer Tim Bland back to the police station but, upon entering the building, apparently had second thoughts.

“That’s when [Cochran] decided he didn’t want to go,” Pinkham said.

Cochran ran out of the building and across the Village Green, but Bland ran him down and caught him, Pinkham said. Once they verified Cochran’s identity, they realized he was wanted on multiple arrest warrants including theft, forgery, misuse of identification and impersonating a public servant, Pinkham said. He also is sus-pected of committing other thefts in Bar Harbor, he said.

Cochran subsequently was arrested and taken to Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth.

One of the warrants for Cochran’s arrest was for a theft in Ellsworth, according to Ellsworth police Detective Dottie Small.

Small said Thursday morning that Cochran has been charged with stealing a purse from a local dialysis clinic on June 3. The purse reappeared in the clinic’s break room a week later, she said, but without a wallet that had been inside. The wallet is still missing.

A passport that had been in the purse was still inside it when it reappeared, Small said.

According to Small, Cochran also was wanted in Hancock County for unpaid fines. She said that he has been charged with felony theft because he has two prior theft convictions and that he is a suspect in the theft of another purse on the same day at a business near the dialysis clinic on High Street.

Police are still investigating the case and questioned Cochran at the jail on Thursday.

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