Whitefield man accused of stealing batteries leads police on chase

Posted May 20, 2014, at 5:38 p.m.
Last modified May 21, 2014, at 7:14 a.m.
Jeffrey Luce
Courtesy Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Jeffrey Luce

WHITEFIELD, Maine — A 36-year-old man charged with the theft of several batteries from a car dealership led sheriff’s deputies, a tracking dog and the Maine Warden Service on a chase after they arrived at his home to arrest him.

Jeffery Luce of Whitefield is charged with burglary, felony theft, criminal trespass and forgery, as well as felony escape and misdemeanor violation of conditions of release, according to a release Tuesday from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

Luce allegedly stole several batteries on May 6 from Bartlett’s Auto Sales in Whitefield. The batteries were then located at a Jefferson redemption center, and the owner said he’d purchased them from Luce, according to the release.

When Detective Sgt. Ronald Rollins arrived at Luce’s home on Tuesday, Luce allegedly admitted to the crime. According to police, Luce told them “it was all a mistake and that he would return the batteries to the owner.”

When Luce, who was in his pajamas at the time, was told he was under arrest on Tuesday, he asked and was allowed to go into another room to get dressed. Luce’s wife began arguing with Rollins, after which Rollins determined that Luce had escaped through the basement.

Luce was tracked into a densely wooded area and captured about one-and-a-half miles from his home.

Luce remained at Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset on Tuesday evening, held without bail. A court date was not immediately available.

 

CORRECTION:

A previous version of this story contained an incorrect date. Luce allegedly led law enforcement on a chase and was arrested on Tuesday, not May 6 as was previously reported. A release submitted to the Bangor Daily News contained incorrect information.

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