Police say Rockland man obtained expensive bike that was stolen

By Stephen Betts | Nov 08, 2017

Rockland — A Rockland man with a long criminal record remains in jail after a judge refused to reduce bail on a charge that he was in possession of an expensive bicycle that had been stolen.

James R, Ellis, 27, was arrested Nov. 7 and charged with felony receiving stolen property.

According to an affidavit filed in the Knox County courthouse by Rockland police, the department received a call Sept. 17 from a Yarmouth man who reported that a Rocky Mountain Slayer bicycle, valued at $2,000, had been stolen from his vehicle while it was parked at the Custom House parking lot as he attended a local film festival.

Police contacted a local bicycle shop and asked the staff to be on the lookout for the bicycle in the event someone brought it in. On Sept. 24, a store representative contacted police to report that a person had come in with the bicycle and had been interested in buying some accessories for it. The store took a photo of the bicycle and of the man as he was leaving and gave it to police.

Police were able to identify the man in the photo as Ellis, but did not know where he was living and were unable to locate him.

Ellis returned to the store Sept. 26, according to the affidavit, and the police were contacted while he was in the store.

Officers questioned Ellis, who told officers that he had bought the bicycle for a couple hundred dollars from another man, according to the affidavit. Ellis said he had bought it a couple weeks earlier, but did not have a response when police said that the owner was in possession of the bicycle a couple weeks ago.

Police took possession of the bicycle.

Ellis was asked to come to the police station and give a formal statement on how he obtained the bicycle. He said he would come to the station later, but he never contacted police, according to the affidavit.

Police obtained an arrest warrant Oct. 30 from the court.

Assistant District Attorney Christopher Fernald told Judge Susan Sparaco during Ellis' initial appearance in court Wedneday, Nov. 8, that he had a criminal history dating back to 2004, including a theft conviction in 2009. He asked that bail remain at $500 cash and Sparaco agreed.

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