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Derek Tarbox (York County Jail photo)

ALFRED, Maine - A Standish man who wove a bizarre web of stolen cars, break-ins and trickery that included a hiatus where he munched on snacks and took a shower at a Waterboro residence ended with his arrest in Limerick on Sunday, according to the York County Sheriff's Office.

His hours-long high jinks began to reveal itself Sunday around 4:30 p.m. when sheriff's deputies were summoned to a residence on Bennet Hill Road in Waterboro for a burglary. The caller said they had returned home to find an unknown man, later identified as Derek Tarbox, in his residence watching television. It appeared that Tarbox had eaten some food, taken a shower, and dressed himself in the caller's clothing he found in the residence.

The intruder told the caller that he had made a mistake and thought the house belonged to a friend who had left the front door opened for him (the front door was locked when the caller had returned home but apparently did not resonate with him initially.) He convinced the caller to drive him "home."

The caller thought the scenario was unusual, but plausible, so he agreed to drive the man to a house in Hollis. When he returned home and inspected his house further to found his back door had been forced open, food missing from his refrigerator, and other signs of the house being ransacked. He said he wanted to get the man out of his house, so he agreed to drive him "home."

Subsequently, sheriff's deputies, working with Maine State Police, determined that Tarbox had stolen a vehicle in Portland and ran out of gas in Hollis, where he stole another vehicle and drove it to Bennet Hill Road where he went off the road and crashed it in the woods, York County Sheriff Bill King said in a statement sent out today.

Tarbox then walked to the caller's home, broke in through the rear door, had a bite to eat, showered and watched a little television before being confronted by the rightful tenant of the property.

Investigators then went to the Hollis location where the residents stated a relative, Tarbox, had been dropped off earlier in the evening and requested a ride from them. They drove him to a house in Limerick.

When deputies and troopers went to that location, Tarbox fled and was quickly apprehended without incident. Tarbox was still wearing the original caller's clothing.

Tarbox, 35, was arrested for:

  • Burglary Class B - Bail is $5,000
  • Unauthorized Use of Property X2 - Bail $500.00 each
  • Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident - Bail $500.00
  • Failure to report an Accident by Quickest Means - Bail $500.00
  • Theft by Unauthorized Taking (E) - Bail $1000.00

Tarbox will be arraigned today. His current cash bail at York County Jail is $8,000.

Tarbox was summoned to appear in Alfred Superior Court on February 8, 2019.

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