BAR HARBOR, Maine — An Ellsworth man who allegedly was intoxicated when he broke into a local man’s home early Monday accepted a beer from the homeowner as incentive to leave but failed to notice the beer contained no alcohol, according to local police.

Scott Cote, 22, remained in jail Monday afternoon after he allegedly broke into a man’s Cleftstone Road home and woke him up around 4 a.m. Monday, police wrote in a report about the incident. The homeowner, after waking up to find Cote in his bedroom, convinced Cote to leave by giving him a nonalcoholic beer, police indicated.

“[The resident] gave suspect a [nonalcoholic] beer to bribe him to leave the residence,” the police report said.

After Cote departed, the homeowner called police, who found Cote several blocks away on Ledgelawn Avenue. Cote, who allegedly had been trying to break into cars on Ledgelawn, fled on foot into nearby woods but was apprehended by police a short time later, police said.

According to police, Cote is accused of entering the home on Cleftstone Road through a window. The homeowner told police he had locked the doors to his house before going to bed.

Police arrested Cote on a charge of burglary but also charged him with burglary of a motor vehicle, criminal mischief, operating a motor vehicle after revocation and violating the conditions of release, police indicated in the report.

Cote was being held Monday afternoon at Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth, according to a corrections officer.


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Bill Trotter

A news reporter in coastal Maine for more than 20 years, Bill Trotter writes about how the Atlantic Ocean and the state's iconic coastline help to shape the lives of coastal Maine residents and visitors....