April 26, 2018
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Would-be extension cord thief thwarted by Ellsworth man

By Rich Hewitt, BDN Staff

ELLSWORTH, Maine — An Ellsworth man thwarted an attempted theft in broad daylight of an extension cord from his parents’ property Wednesday afternoon.

Kenny Lerback, 41, of Hermon has been charged in connection with the incident.

The son, whose name was not released, was working in the garage of the Bangor Road home at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday when he noticed that a man had cut a heavy-duty extension cord and was leaving the property with it, according to Detective Dottie Small of the Ellsworth Police Department.

“He called out, ‘What are you doing?’” Small said.

The would-be thief told the son that he thought the cord was “scrap metal” and then tried to give it back to him.

The 20-foot, heavy-duty extension cord had been attached to the house, according to the initial police report, which did not indicate whether it had been plugged in.

Small said the house did not appear to be abandoned, since there were multiple vehicles in the driveway and a Christmas wreath on the door.

“It was obvious that it wasn’t an abandoned property,” she said.

When the son asked for the man’s name, the man left the scene in a white and gray Pontiac Montana minivan driven by a second man.

According to Small, the son got a good description of the vehicle, which was stopped by an officer in Bangor. Lerback was charged with criminal mischief and attempted theft.

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