Police arrest suspect in Ellsworth window smashings

By Kevin Miller, BDN Staff
Posted Aug. 22, 2011, at 3:43 p.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — Police in Kennebunk have arrested a man wanted for reportedly breaking windows at several Ellsworth businesses earlier this month and who is suspected in a spree of window smashings in Bangor and Brewer.

Jeffrey Howard, 58, was arrested Monday by the Kennebunk Police Department on an outstanding warrant from Ellsworth. Lt. Harold Page with the Ellsworth Police Department said that Howard, who police listed as a transient, was being held at the York County Jail.

Ellsworth police issued a warrant for Howard’s arrest after he was identified as the prime suspect in a window-breaking spree at five businesses in the city. Howard was identified from surveillance camera video and images that the city posted on the Police Department’s Facebook page and distributed to other law enforcement agencies.

The spree in Ellsworth came days after businesses in Brewer and Bangor were targeted by someone throwing rocks through windows, causing tens of thousands of dollars in damage. Police suspected the same person or people were behind the events in the three towns because of similarities in how the windows were shattered.

Howard faces a single criminal mischief charge in Ellsworth, although Page said additional charges likely would be handed up the grand jury.

Police in Bangor and Brewer said they are still investigating their cases but indicated Monday that Howard is a suspect.

“We are certainly investigating that,” said Capt. Jason Moffitt with the Brewer Police Department. “We haven’t charged anyone yet.”

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