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Criminal Mischief - 10/08/14

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Need for speed leads to charges

ORONO Good friends offer good advice, but unfortunately sometimes that goes unheeded, as a St. Albans man learned over the weekend.

On Oct. 3, around 1:32 a.m., Officer Cameron Barrieau was on patrol on Main Street. He saw a vehicle exit the Circle K, and heard it accelerate, and travel faster than the posted speed limit.

He spoke to the driver, a Matthew Mower, 20 St. Albans, and noted signs of intoxication. He was taken back to the Orono Police Department for an Intoxilyzer test which showed he was over the legal limit.

He was taken to Penobscot County Jail and charged with operating under the influence and operating without a license.

Squeal

ORONO A man reportedly caught the eye of law enforcement after he repeatedly squealed his tires in front of an officer.

On Oct. 4 around 1:08 a.m., Officer Sarah Exley was patrolling the Pine Street parking lot when she saw a vehicle exiting the lot and squealing its tires. It pulled up to the light, pulling out on to Main Street, once more squealing its tires, and then again when it pulled onto Mill Street.

She stopped the vehicle and noted Jason Brontis, of Orono showed signs of intoxication. After administering field sobriety tests she placed him under arrest for suspicion of operating under the influence. He was taken back to the Orono Police Department for an Intoxilyzer. He was then taken to Penobscot County Jail and charged with OUI.

Highbeams lead to OUI

ORONO When you're underage, maybe you shouldn't keep your ID in the same bag with your booze.

On Oct. 4 around 2:16 a.m., Officer Cameron Barrieau was on patrol when a vehicle traveling the other way kept its high beams on. He turned and stopped the vehicle and spoke with Anna Mininni, 19, of Orono, woman .

When he asked for her identification she asked to get out of the car so she could retrieve it from her bag. When she opened the bag, Barrieau saw a mostly full bottle of vodka in her bag, he pointed out that she was 19 and shouldn't have the liquor.

She showed signs of intoxication, and after administering field sobriety tests, Barrieau arrested her for suspicion of operating under the influence. He took her to the Orono Police Station for an Intoxilyzer test which showed she was above the legal limit. She was then taken to Penobscot County Jail and charged with operating under the influence, operating without a license and illegal transportation of liquor by a minor.

Theft ring broken up

BUCKSPORT/FRANKFORT Maine State Police with the assistance of local and federal agencies have broken up an ongoing retail theft ring involving hundreds of stolen items from Walmart being sold on e-Bay.

Homes searched in Bangor, Bucksport and Frankfort on Oct. 2 netted over $240,000 in cash, as well as a large number of stolen items. No one has yet been charged in connection with the theft ring, but police plan to consult the district attorney's offices and charges are likely. The Walmarts targeted were in Palmyra, Bangor, Brewer and Ellsworth.

An investigation, led by State Police Detective Chris Tupper of the Computer Crimes Unit and Trooper Chris Crawford, uncovered the criminal enterprise run by a man from his home in Bucksport and a woman from her home in Frankfort. The man was buying stolen merchandise and then selling the items online. The man and his girlfriend were living in an apartment at 165 Main Street in Bucksport, where a large quantity of suspected stolen merchandise was recovered. In addition, the house in Frankfort was being used as a storage location for some of the stolen items and cash. Seized from that Frankfort home was over $100,000 in cash, along with bars of silver. Found in a safe deposit box at a Bucksport bank was another $140,000.

Although not charged in connection with the theft ring, Jane Tardiff, 67, of Frankfort, was arrested Thursday after she brandished a handgun at Troopers and federal agents who were serving the search warrant. She was charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon and taken to the Waldo County Jail in Belfast, where she was later released on bail.

Among the stolen items being sold on e-Bay were Star War Legos, Crest white strips, Nicorette gum, razor blades and animal flea and tick treatments. Among the items seized were dozens of boxes of Legos and white strips, archery equipment and a 46' television.

Information gathered from the searches in Bucksport and Frankfort later led investigators to Bangor, where search warrants were served at a home and a pawn shop.

Other agencies assisting State Police have been Bangor and Bucksport Police, Homeland Security Investigations, Walmart Global investigators and Maine Welfare Fraud investigators.

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