Updated at 9:33 a.m. July 12

Charleston Correctional Facilities escapees captured

By Tanya Mitchell | Jul 12, 2012
Source: Charleston Correctional Facility Phillip Gardiner

Charleston — The two Charleston Correctional Facility inmates who escaped Sunday, July 8 have been captured after police located both men along the shores of Pushaw Lake in Glenburn.

Police received a tip the two men were in the Glenburn area and both were taken into custody without incident, according to a press release from Maine State Police Spokesman Stephen McCausland. They were captures around 11:30 p.m. and taken to the Penobscot County Jail.

Phillip Gardiner, 24, of Searsport and Randall Moulton, walked out of the correctional facility at about 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 8.

Searsport Police Chief Dick LaHaye said he received the call regarding the escape at about 2:15 a.m. Monday, at which time he learned  Gardiner of Searsport had left the correctional facility with another inmate, Moulton. Local authorities believed Gardiner had ties to the Searsport area.

"We checked out a couple of places here in Searsport where we thought he might have been, but to no avail," said LaHaye.

"At approximately 8 p.m. July 8 two prisoners escaped from the Charleston Correctional Facility, which is a minimum security facility," stated Judy Plummer, Public Affairs Coordinator with the Maine Department of Corrections in a press release that was distributed late Monday morning.

According to Plummer, Gardiner is 5 feet, 5 inches tall, Caucasian, weighing 144 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He is from Belfast and started his sentence with the Department of Corrections Nov. 23, 2009, for burglary, robbery and criminal threatening. Gardiner was due to be released Nov. 14, 2014, and would have been on probation until 2018.

Moulton, 20, is about 6 feet tall, Caucasian, weighing 180 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes, according to Plummer. He is from Bangor and started his sentence with the Department of Corrections June 7 for burglary and theft by unauthorized taking. Plummer stated Moulton was due to be released Sept. 30, 2013, and would have been on probation until 2014.

"The Department of Corrections is working with state and local police in an effort to locate the two prisoners," stated Plummer

At about noon Monday, Plummer said the two men remained at large since they allegedly walked away from the facility.

"There's no fence around the perimeter, where the facility is minimum security," she said. "They know the consequences."

Plummer said each man could face an additional five years of incarceration because of the alleged escape.

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