Police Sting at Branch Lake 

Branch Lake in Ellsworth is a popular swimming hole, but last week it was the site of a police sting.Ellsworth police were alerted to three separate incidents of items stolen from vehicles.The cars were all parked near the lake’s boat launch while their owners enjoyed a swim.After two days of reported thefts, police set up a sting Friday.They say it paid off, police say they saw 28-year-old Kevin Morse of Brewer breaking into a car in which police had placed a $100 dollars.Police say Morse stole $22 dollars from another car.He’s charged with burglary.Police encourage you to lock your unattended vehicle.