ELLSWORTH, Maine — A man who avoided arrest for two weeks after allegedly being caught red-handed while stealing elvers from an Ellsworth business remains in jail pending bail set Friday in Hancock County Superior Court.
Alan Perkins, 42, a transient based in Hancock County, allegedly broke into Crowley Seafood on Water Street in Ellsworth around 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 21. The company’s owners, Jerry and Larry Fang, allegedly caught Perkins in the act of stealing about six pounds of elvers, valued at $11,000.
The Fangs called police, and Perkins fled the scene without the ill-gotten gains, police reported. A warrant was issued for Perkins’ arrest last week, and he was ultimately located by Marine Patrol in Hancock on Wednesday evening. He was arrested on the warrant, alleging burglary, theft and violation of conditions of release.
In court Friday, Perkins pleaded not guilty to a litany of fishing charges and other misdemeanors that occurred throughout April and May, including two charges of fishing for elvers without a license, one charge of fishing for elvers without a visible tag, and four charges of violation of conditions of release.
Because burglary is a felony, Perkins was not asked to enter a plea on the most recent charge. However, the state successfully lobbied Justice Bruce Mallonee to set bail at $10,000 cash or $50,000 surety. Assistant District Attorney William Entwistle said three prior burglary convictions and the state’s allegation that Perkins ran from police make him a potential flight risk.
Perkins’ burglary charge was elevated to a class B felony because of his prior convictions. If he is found guilty, he faces up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. Perkins will appear in court on July 25 for a status conference on the newest charge, and on Aug. 16 for a trial on his numerous misdemeanors.
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