POLICE BEAT

Falmouth man charged in car wash burglary, theft of vehicle

Posted April 25, 2012, at 5:41 a.m.

SEABROOK, Mass. — A Maine man is being held on $10,000 cash bail following his arraignment Monday in Hampton District Court after police say he broke into a Route 1 car wash, drove recklessly into oncoming traffic and then stole a car in early January.

Richard Alan Earles, 48, of 91 Falmouth Road, Falmouth, Maine, was arrested Saturday on charges of receiving stolen property, reckless conduct, placing another in danger, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, disobeying an officer, operating a motor vehicle without a license, open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle and burglary.

According to criminal complaints issued by Seabrook officer David Hersey and Detective Daniel Lawrence, Earles broke into the Scrub Free Car Wash on the morning of Jan. 4. Witnesses then saw Earles drive erratically away from the scene at high speeds and at one point travel into oncoming traffic on Route 1A. Police say the next day, Earles stole a 2010 Chevy Impala belonging to EAN Holding LLC.

Earles turned himself in to Seabrook police months after the criminal complaints were issued. He is expected back in court on May 1 for a pretrial hearing. As part of his bail conditions, Earles must refrain from possessing firearms and avoid excessive use of alcohol or narcotic drugs.

(c)2012 The Daily News of Newburyport (Newburyport, Mass.)

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