Footprints in snow lead police to burglary suspect

Posted Jan. 04, 2011, at 4:07 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 28, 2011, at 12:28 p.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — An Ellsworth man faces several charges in connection with an early morning break-in at a local business.

According to Lt. Harold Page of the Ellsworth Police Department, officers responded to a burglary alarm at the Redlon & Johnson plumbing supply company building on Beechland Road at about 1:45 a.m. Monday. When they arrived at the scene, they found that someone had broken a window on a side door of the building and entered.

The weather was snowy and officers followed a set of footprints in the fresh snow to an apartment complex on Buttermilk Road nearby, where they found Aaron Braun, 24, of Ellsworth, who later was charged in connection with the break-in.

Employees of the company later determined that approximately $300 in cash had been taken from the business. That money has not been recovered, according to Detective Dottie Small.

Braun has been charged with burglary, theft and criminal mischief. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance on March 24 in Hancock County Superior Court.