Police catch convicts who walked out of Charleston jail

Posted July 12, 2012, at 6:35 a.m.
Last modified July 12, 2012, at 9:03 a.m.
Phillip Gardiner
Maine Department of Corrections
Phillip Gardiner
Randall Moulton
Maine Department of Corrections
Randall Moulton

CHARLESTON, Maine — Two convicts who walked out of the Charleston Correctional Facility on Sunday were captured by police late Wednesday evening, according to officials.

Randall Moulton, 20, of Bangor and Phillip Gardiner, 24, broke out and were on the loose in the Glenburn area. Department of Corrections Spokeswoman Judy Plummer said Monday that the two men “just walked out” of the minimum-security facility, which has no perimeter fence.

Officials received a tip on Moulton and Gardiner’s whereabouts Wednesday evening, according to a news release from Plummer. Officials intercepted the two in Glenburn and took them into custody. They were then taken to Penobscot County Jail.

Moulton is serving a sentence for burglary and theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, according to Plummer. He began his sentence on June 7 and was scheduled to be released in September 2013.

Gardiner had been incarcerated for burglary, robbery and criminal threatening since November 2009, Plummer said. He was scheduled to be released in November 2014.

Both men face up to five additional years in jail for their escape.

Police are still searching for a man who escaped Somerset County Jail on Monday.

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