ROCKLAND — A 34-year-old Rockland man was arrested early Sept. 19, accused of stealing a gun and then trying to evade police.

Eben Kenney was arrested at around 3 a.m. and charged with Class B theft, Class C possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, Class C criminal conspiracy, and misdemeanor refusing to submit to arrest and violating conditions of release, according to Rockland Police.

The arrest came after the firearm was reported stolen Friday, Sept. 17. The alleged victim told police he had given Kenney a ride and that he then noticed his gun was missing from the glove compartment of his car. The man later confronted Kenney and videotaped the encounter and, according to an affidavit filed by Rockland police in the Knox County court, Kenney admitted to taking the gun. According to the affidavit, Kenney said he needed the gun to “roll those guys” at the Thorndike that he was meeting to get some “bud.”

Police were called early Sunday morning to  a disturbance on Maverick Street. Police arrived and saw Kenney inside. They went inside and called to him but he escaped out of a basement hatch door. He was eventually located in an attached barn, hiding under a comforter and behind a large television set, according to the affidavit.

The investigation is ongoing and Rockland Police are still trying to recover the Glock pistol that was reported stolen.

Anyone with any information or anyone who may have unknowingly purchased the stolen firearm is asked to contact Sgt. Scott Redmun at

Kenney made his initial appearance in the Knox County court Monday, Sept. 20 via video from the jail and was ordered by Judge Geoffrey Rushlau to be held without bail pending a hearing to revoke his bail on an earlier charge.