Man denied financing and stole car, led police chase

By Stephen Betts | Mar 15, 2020

Thomaston — A man is currently held in jail after police said he stole a car from a dealership after being turned down for financing, tried to steal a gun from Walmart and then led police on a chase.

Justin Warren, 42, listed as a transient, was charged with theft, eluding an officer, and criminal mischief, according to Thomaston Police Chief Tim Hoppe.

The incident occurred Saturday, March 14, when Warren tried to purchase a car at Shepard's in Thomaston, the chief said. He was unable to get financing and then went out and drove away in a vehicle.

As a Thomaston police police officer was getting information on that complaint, another call came in of a man trying to break open a gun case at the nearby Walmart in Thomaston. The officer responded and the man was driving away in the stolen car.

Other police departments were called in to assist at about 6 p.m. A Rockland officer began pursuing the vehicle which did not stop. The chase did not exceed 45 miles-per-hour, Hoppe said.

The vehicle was stopped on Route 1 near the town line of Waldoboro and Warren when Waldoboro police blocked the road.

Warren was arrested and taken to the Knox County Jail in Rockland where he is being held without bail until he makes his initial appearance in the Knox County court, likely March 16.

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