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Police say Warren man broke into Washington store

By Stephen Betts | Jul 06, 2020
Photo by: Knox County Jail Anthony R. Scott

Washington — A Warren man was arrested last week, accused of breaking into a Washington store two months ago and stealing a change box.

Anthony R. Scott, 38, whose address was listed as a motel in Warren, was arrested June 30 after attempting to elude police three days earlier who had obtained an arrest warrant for him in connection to the burglary.

Scott was charged with burglary, theft, criminal mischief, and violating a condition of release for the May 9 break-in at Jackson's Corner Store. He was also charged with operating after revocation, aggravated operating after habitual offender revocation, driving to endanger, and failure to stop for an officer — on June 27.

Scott was arrested after an extensive investigation by the Knox County Sheriff's Office. An affidavit filed in the Knox County court by the Sheriff's Office detailed the investigation.

The break-in occurred shortly before 4 a.m. on May 9. The perpetrator cut a bolt to the door and then broke a window and stole a box with $400 in change.

The store had a surveillance video and a witness said that the person seen in the video, wearing a mask and gloves, looked like Scott. Still photos were taken of the video and showed the type of boots the person was wearing.

The Sheriff's Office went to his last listed residence and the landlord said he had kicked Scott out of the residence. In the residence was a pair of boots that were the same make and which were untied on one boot just as seen in the video. The landlord said Scott had used his boots without permission, according to the affidavit.

Cell phone records also showed that Scott's phone was near the store at the time of the burglary. Shortly after the burglary he sent a message on his phone making reference to having punched out a window. The perpetrator in the store video is shown punching out a window.

Knox County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Patrick Polky said Sgt. Paul Spear had attempted to catch up to Scott when he spotted him driving about 11 a.m. June 27 when Scott's vehicle turned onto North Pond Road.  Spear, still not caught up to Scott, turned down North Pond Road and came across a crash scene that involved Scott’s vehicle. Scott was climbing out of the drivers side as Sgt. Spear arrived. A passenger, Elisa Robbins, 33, of Rockland, was still in the vehicle. Both were taken to local hospitals for moderate injuries. The vehicle was totaled.

Judge Paul Mathews set at $10,000 cash during Scott's initial appearance on July 1. He remains at the Knox County Jail in Rockland. His next court appearance is set for Aug. 27.

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