OAKS BLUFF, Mass. — A Saco fugitive wanted on multiple outstanding warrants was arrested in the Martha’s Vineyard town of Oak Bluffs on Wednesday.

The Oak Bluffs Police Department received information from the State of Maine Department of Corrections Probation Department regarding a fugitive who was possibly living and working in Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday, according to a written statement from the Oak Bluffs Police Department.

The fugitive, Eric Charles Olson, 41, was wanted on outstanding extraditable probation arrest warrants from Maine for the crimes of theft of services, theft by deception, forgery and theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, according to Oak Bluffs police.

Saco Deputy Police Chief Corey Huntress said Olson was from Saco, and had outstanding warrants of theft and forgery resulting from a February 2012 arrest. Olson allegedly stole more than $2,000 in checks and cashed them at TD Banks in southern Maine.

Local police were told Olson may have been using a family member’s identity to evade being arrested on his warrants.

Olson also had an outstanding warrant for the crime of larceny from a building out of the Brookline District Court in Massachusetts and his right to operate a motor vehicle in Massachusetts was suspended, according to Oak Bluffs police.

Detectives from Oak Bluffs and Edgartown conducted an investigation and learned of the car he had been driving and where he had been living, according to Oak Bluffs police.

After locating the car Olson was driving, an Oaks Bluff Patrol Officer attempted to initiate a motor vehicle stop. Olson initially refused but eventually stopped after police pursuit. Olson was arrested and taken to Dukes County Jail, where he is being held without bail. 

In addition to the outstanding warrants, Olson faces charges of fugitive from justice, failure to stop for the police, operating a motor vehicle after license suspension, driving to endanger and resisting arrest.

Staff Writer Liz Gotthelf can be contacted at 282-1535, ext. 325 or [email protected]


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