May 24, 2018
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Three charged in separate alleged employee thefts in Ellsworth

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

ELLSWORTH, Maine — In separate incidents, two more local businesses have reported alleged thefts by former employees to local police this past week.

A third similar case involving a former funeral home employee was reported last week to local police.

In the more recent cases, Mill Mall Furniture, which is now closed, and Home Depot each claim that now-former employees stole more than $1,000 from them, according to police reports.

The owner of Mill Mall Furniture accuses Brian Adaska, 32, of Trenton, of using a credit card issued to the store to make $5,758.80 in unapproved purchases, Ellsworth police Detective Dotty Small wrote in a press release. Adaska was charged Monday with felony theft, she indicated.

Officials at Home Depot claim that Theresa Graham, 28, of Eastbrook stole merchandise from the store by ringing up purchases at a cash register and then voiding those purchases. The items, all tools and electrical equipment, were given to a male accomplice, who then left the store with the items without paying for them, Small wrote in a report. Police have not publicly identified the accomplice but say they are in the process of bringing charges against him.

The amount of money lost in the alleged thefts is $1,841.37, according to Small. Graham was charged on April 25 with three counts of misdemeanor theft and one count of felony theft.

In a case reported on April 24, Kenneth Hutchings, 32, of Holden, who at the time worked for Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, is accused of running up more than $9,000 in unapproved expenses on the funeral home’s fuel credit cards.

All three suspects in the separate incidents are due to appear on the theft charges in court in Ellsworth on June 17.


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