THORNDIKE, Maine — A Searsport man arrested over the weekend after allegedly breaking into a convenience store was issued a slew of additional criminal summonses on Monday in connection with the theft of a Cadillac from a Thorndike residence earlier this summer.
Jason Moulton, 31, first came to police attention during the afternoon of July 30 when Heather Reid called to report a fight near her Reid Road home, according to Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office.
Apparently Moulton and the two women who were with him had pulled over to the side of the road where the two females, who had been arguing about a dress, got into a physical confrontation that included hair-pulling and scratching, Trafton said.
Reid and her boyfriend told police later that as they walked toward the group on their way to pick berries, Moulton challenged them to fight. Reid and her boyfriend declined and then called police.
Trafton noted that one of the women who was fighting then jumped in the car she had arrived in and drove off, thereby stranding Moulton, the other woman and her 4-year-old child.
At that point, Moulton went into the garage at the nearby Reid home and stole a Cadillac parked inside, the chief deputy said.
It was an older-model Cadillac de Ville, and the owner recently had been tinkering with it. It worked as Moulton, the woman and her child drove off down the driveway, Trafton said, but they were interrupted by the homecoming of Greg Reid, Heather’s grandfather.
“He came home in time to see this guy drive off in his Cadillac,” Trafton said.
Reid, driving his Chevy Suburban, chased down the vehicle..
According to Trafton, Moulton reportedly rammed the Suburban, causing a lot of body damage to the Cadillac and some damage to the Suburban.
“At some point they stop, and roll-around-in-the-dirt fighting ensued,” Trafton said.
Reid was trying to restrain Moulton until a deputy arrived, but Moulton allegedly broke away and bolted into the woods, according to the chief deputy. Although a state police trooper with a K-9 unit was called to hunt for him, Moulton managed to find a ride and get away.
When they arrived, deputies interviewed the woman left behind and identified Moulton as the suspect. A warrant was issued for his arrest on a charge of theft of a motor vehicle.
Moulton wasn’t apprehended until Sunday, however, after he allegedly broke into Perry’s Store on U.S. Route 1 in Stockton Springs. He was charged with burglary for that incident.
In connection with the July incident, Moulton was charged with unauthorized use of property, operating without a license, driving to endanger, reckless conduct and violation of conditions of release.
As they continued their investigation, officers also connected Moulton to a recent spree of burglaries in Waldo County, according to police reports.
Police since have charged him with three additional counts of theft at a Jackson address on July 24, at Tozier’s Family Market in Searsport on July 25 and at the Steamboat Sunoco in Searsport on July 25.
Trafton said that he expects more charges to be forthcoming for different burglaries.