2017-04-22 / Front Page

Offer of free lunch leads tipster to turn in wanted man

By LIZ GOTTHELF
Staff Writer

SANFORD  — A humorous offer of a reward by police resulted in a win/win situation – an anonymous tipster is getting a free lunch and a fugitive is in custody.

On April 13, Sanford Police published a humorous post on Facebook offering lunch at a local restaurant of up to $20 for information that would lead to the arrest and capture of Bryan Farr-Luciano, a 21-year-old fugitive who had been on the lam for about nine months.

Farr-Luciano was wanted on several warrants — for unpaid fines on an unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, possession and distribution of dangerous knives, violating conditions of release on a motor vehicle charge, and a probation violation from New Hampshire for possession of heroin.

Sanford police announced on Friday they received a tip that led to the end of the search for Farr-Luciano. Police say Farr-Luciano was taken into custody by Sanford Police without incident and was to be booked at York County Jail and held as a fugitive of justice.

Police say the tipster wished to remain anonymous, but did meet incognito with members of the local police department at a local restaurant to collect the lunch money. A picture of the tipster in a horse head mask posing with members of the police department is posted on the Sanford Police Department’s Facebook page. 

The Sanford Police Department wrote a thank you letter to the tipster, addressed to “Concerned Sanford Citizen.”

“We respect your right to remain anonymous and hope you enjoy your lunch! Of course, as you know, this was never about the money, but more about bringing attention (in a somewhat humorous way) to a person who was eluding the police,” stated the letter. “The lunch is just a small token of our thanks and appreciation.”

Staff Writer Liz Gotthelf can be contacted at 282-1535, Ext. 325 or egotthelf@journaltribune.com.

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