Shoplifting complaint leads to Belfast man's arrest for Camden thefts

By Stephen Betts | Nov 05, 2019

Camden — A 60-year-old Belfast man is free on bail after being arrested and accused of breaking into a car to steal cash and other valuable items, stealing from an antiques shop, and using someone else's credit card to ring up substantial purchases.

Carlton E. Abbott Jr. was arrested Oct. 21 by Camden police and charged with felony burglary of a motor vehicle, theft, and misuse of identification.

The arrest came after officers received a call Sept. 27 from Antiques at 10 Mechanic in Camden about a man shoplifting. When officers arrived, a man later identified as Abbott was driving away from the store. He was stopped and questioned.

He acknowledged he had taken items from the store and also admitted to using a credit card he stole from a motor vehicle on Sept. 18 in Camden, and to using another credit card he claimed he found at the Camden public landing to buy multiple items including a 65-inch television, a mattress, sunglasses, an iPad, a chainsaw and a backpack, according to the police affidavit filed in the Knox County court by Detective Sgt. Curt Andrick. The value of the items purchased from the credit card was about $2,000.

The antiques shop had video of the man stealing items a week earlier, according to the police report.

He also admitted he had stolen $1,900 in cash and jewelry from the motor vehicle.

The stolen items were recovered by police in Abbott's vehicle and his apartment in Belfast.

The suspect told police that he had been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and when his medication fails to work, he drinks, and that is when he stole, according to the affidavit.

Police obtained an arrest warrant Oct. 9 and arrested him Oct. 21. He was released on $500 cash bail.

His next court date is scheduled for Dec. 16.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Ralph Stanley | Nov 05, 2019 17:12

Ms. Braybrook could ask him if he had anything to do with the theft of her precious signs seeing as how he was scooping up other folks stuff. He may have needed some kindling to get his woodstove going after such a busy day.

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