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April 24, 2013

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That's not how self-checkout works

BANGOR A woman has been charged with felony theft for allegedly stealing $1,700 worth of goods from Wal-Mart on Stillwater Ave in Bangor. 

On April 4, 2013, Officer Dan Sanborn was dispatched to the Wal-Mart where employees reported that a woman, later identified as Linda Haines, 45, of Bangor, had wheeled a cart full of items past an assistant manager, loaded them in her car and then drove away. The assistant manager caught up with Haines and discovered she had left her purse at the bottom of the cart. It contained her driver's license. 


Sanborn was able to locate Haines and arranged to meet her at the police station on April 11. She was summoned to court on one charge of Class C felony theft.  

Pills lead to extra charge

ORONO An Orono man added some extra charges when he couldn't locate a prescription for some orange pills in his wallet, according to police. 

On April 17, around 5:57 p.m., Officer Chris Watson of the Orono Police Department arrested Troy Russell, 22, of Orono on an outstanding warrant. He was assisted by Officer Caleb McGary of the University of Maine Police Department. 

Police had learned that Russell had an active warrant and was reported to be at an event at the University of Maine. Watson and McGary located Russell and confirmed the active warrant. Once he was brought to the jail, two orange pills were located in his wallet and were determined to be a schedule W drug that he couldn't produce a prescription for. He was additionally charged with unlawful possession of a schedule W drug.

Paying for most of your groceries isn't enough

ORONO Police were called for a shoplifting complaint after employees reported a woman left without paying for items she reportedly concealed in her purse.

On April 18, 11:46 a.m., Officer Wilfred King was called to Bells IGA for the report of a female shoplifter. The manager reported that a woman, later identified as Crystal Braswell, 54, of Greenbush, had placed some coffee and other items, including a pair of scissors and some salt port, into her purse, and after paying for other items in her cart exited the store without allegedly paying for the concealed items. 

As a result of the investigation, Braswell was charged with theft. The items were valued at approximately $22. 

That WAS your warning

ORONO Drinking and driving is never a good idea, especially after the cops have already told you that you shouldn't operate your vehicle. 

On April 19, around 2:36 a.m., Sgt. Scott Scripture asked Officer Sarah Exley to watch a black car that was parked in the pine street lot, informing her he had already warned the driver that he seemed too intoxicated to drive. After about 15 minutes, the car was turned on, and Exley watched as the lights came on, it rolled forward a little, then back, then forward again before backing out of the parking spot, travelling around the parking lot and exiting onto Pine Street. The driver drove right in front of Sgt. Scripture, who recognized him as the man he had warned not to drive.

Exley stopped the vehicle and noted signs of intoxication on the driver, who was identified as Nicholas Gibell, 23, of Bangor. He did not pass the field sobriety tests to the officer's satisfaction and was ultimately placed under arrest for operating under the influence. He was taken to Penobscot County Jail.


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