June 22, 2018
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Holden man charged in Ellsworth funeral home credit card fraud

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Holden man is facing felony theft charges after he allegedly stole gas station credit cards from a local funeral home and racked up more than $9,000 in bills, according to local police.

Kenneth Hutchings, 32, was an employee at Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home in Ellsworth when the theft occurred, Ellsworth police have indicated. Hutchings is accused of running up $9,129.22 in charges on the cards since the end of February.

Lt. Harold Page of the Ellsworth Police Department said Thursday that Hutchings “lawyered up” when Officer James Gillway tracked Hutchings down last week to talk about the fraudulent charges.

Page said the cards have been recovered. Police think he used the cards to buy gas and convenience store items, he said.

“He wouldn’t talk to us,” Page said.

Hutchings has been summoned on charges of felony theft, misuse of identification, and violating conditions of release, police indicated. He is due to appear in court in Ellsworth on the charges on June 17.

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