SOLON — A Skowhegan man who broke his leg running from police after an alleged burglary at an abandoned factory remained at a local hospital Wednesday, and police are seeking his suspected female accomplice.

The man, Randall Lee Brackett, 27, of Winter Street, was arrested on charges of burglary, criminal mischief, violating a condition of release and possession or transfer of burglary tools. He was booked at the county jail and then taken to Redington-Fairview General Hospital for treatment.

Police were called about 6 a.m. Monday about a man and a woman acting suspiciously around the former Solon Manufacturing Co. mill on Ferry Street in Solon, according to Chief Deputy Dale Lancaster of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department.

When Cpl. Richie Putnam of the sheriff’s department arrived at the former mill, he was spotted by the couple as they were leaving the building through the back door.

The couple took off running, according to Lancaster, and when Putnam caught up with them about a quarter-mile away, Brackett tripped over a short wall and broke his leg in the fall to the ground.

“The female escaped,” Lancaster said. “We’re asking, for her sake, that she make herself known so we can complete the investigation.”

Lancaster said the couple was trying to rip copper wiring from the walls and the ceiling of the vacant mill to sell it later. The building is owned by Newport Metal, Lancaster said.

A court date has not been set for Brackett. The burglary charge is a class C felony, punishable by up to five years in prison.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367
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