Homeowner reports interrupting theft of Cadillac before chase, fight ensued

Posted July 31, 2013, at 7:54 p.m.

THORNDIKE, Maine — A Patterson Ridge man came home Tuesday afternoon to find another man in the process of stealing his older-model Cadillac, a discovery that led to a car chase and a scuffle, according to Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office.

Jason Moulton, 30, whose last given address was in Winterport, reportedly stole the Cadillac de Ville around 4:30 p.m. A warrant has been issued for Moulton, who was still at large Wednesday afternoon, on a charge of theft of a motor vehicle, with more charges pending.

The homeowner returned home to find Moulton leaving his house in the Cadillac in the company of a female companion and her 4-year-old daughter, Trafton said Wednesday. The other man, still driving his Chevy Suburban, chased down the Cadillac. But things went south for the homeowner, according to police reports.

At one point, Moulton reportedly rammed the Suburban, causing a lot of body damage to the Cadillac and some damage to the Suburban. The 4-year-old girl was in the car while it was being used to ram the SUV, Trafton said.

“At one point they stopped and got into a fight,” Trafton said. “The owner of the car being stolen was trying to restrain this guy, to hang on to him while the deputy arrived.”

But the suspect broke away and fled on foot through the woods, the chief deputy said, adding that an assault charge might be added to the theft charge that’s on the arrest warrant.

“There are all kinds of laws broken here,” Trafton said.

It is unclear at this point in the investigation whether the vehicle was in the garage or in the driveway, Trafton said — a distinction which makes a difference in the charges lodged against Moulton. If the car was stolen from the garage, burglary would be added to the charges.

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