May 23, 2019

Correctional Center escapee found after tip

SANFORD — A Maine Correctional Center inmate who escaped from a work detail earlier this week was captured Thursday after police got a tip about where he could be found.

After nearly three days of freedom, Lester Sprague, 31, was picked up on North Street. State officials had offered a $250 reward for information leading to his apprehension.

Sprague, who was described by state officials as dangerous, walked away from a work detail at the National Guard Armory on Monday, sparking a search in the Sanford area and in nearby towns in Maine and New Hampshire.

A convicted burglar, Sprague’s latest sentence was for receiving stolen property and violating probation. He was due for release in less than three years, but could face up to five additional years for escape.

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