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March 28, 2012

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Stealing the show UPDATE

Robert CoulombeBANGOR Police have charged a man in connection with the thefts during a play at Bangor High School.

On March 28, Sgt. Brad Johnston and Officer Brandon Vafiades of the department's Special Enforcement Team (SET), located and interviewed Robert Coulombe, 57, of Veazie, in connection with the theft of personal items taken from actors/actresses backstage at a play that was being conducted at Bangor High School this past Sunday. The department received several tips from the public since Monday's press release that included images from the high school surveillance showing a male subject callers believed to be Coulombe.

Coulombe agreed to meet the officers at the Bangor Police Department when he complained that several friends and family members pestered him as to why he was on television and in the newspaper.

After a brief interview, Coulombe was summoned for class E misdemeanor theft and transported to a local emergency room at his request for an unrelated medical issue.

*Original report*

BANGOR Police are trying to identify a man who reportedly stole items from actors as they performed in a play.

On March 25, around 4 p.m., Officer Tim Shaw was called to Bangor High School, where it was reported that a man had been rummaging through and allegedly stolen some personal items from actors in a play that was being performed.

While the play was going, two actresses stepped into the changing room where they saw the man going through everyone's belongings. When the man saw them, he took off running through an emergency exit, which sounded an alarm, and ran towards the back of WZON radio station. Police searched the area, but no one was located.

Police say the man is in his 50s, tall, with a gray and white beard, and wearing a large baggy gray sweatshirt that had blue and yellow in it. Anyone with information as to the man's identity should call Officer Tim Shaw at 947-7382 extension 95766, or press 6 if you wish to leave an anonymous message on the Tip Line.

Unlicensed driver flees from wreck

PERRY On March 20, Troopers Miles Carpenter and Andrew Foss responded to Perry for a report of a vehicle crash. The driver reportedly fled into a wooded area.

After searching a wooded area for several hours, Michael Prenier, 29, was arrested by Carpenter for operating without a license, failure to report an accident by quickest means and operating an unregistered motor vehicle.

Washington Sheriff's Office and Pleasant Point Police Department assisted.

Curses, foiled again

BANGOR A man calling undue attention to himself by cursing was arrested, and police were able to recover stolen property from an earlier car burglary.

On March 23, 2012 at about 8:45 p.m., Officer Russ Twaddell responded to the area of South Park and French Streets to the report of a man yelling profanities. When he arrived, a woman pointed out a man lying face down on the esplanade.

When Twaddell got out of his cruiser, the man, later identified as Jack Fraser, 35, of Bangor, got up and started running up French Street. The foot chase was cut short when Fraser ran into a shrub and fell into it.

Twaddell ran his name to find he was on bail with restrictions not to consume alcohol. Fraser was promptly arrested and the officer confiscated a backpack that Fraser had with him that contained 71 assorted CDs, a laptop computer and various clothing and personal items.

Upon further investigation, it was determined that the laptop and some of the personal items belonged to a Bangor woman whose van was recently burglarized on Center Street. The items were returned to her. The CDs and other items were taken into evidence. Police are asking anyone who was victim to any other car burglaries to report it, as police may have recovered their stolen property.

Fraser was charged with misdemeanor burglary to a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property, violation of bail and obstructing government administration.

Man charged after dogs attack livestock

MARIAVILLE An area man is facing charges after his dogs reportedly killed several farm animals and severely wounded others.

On March 21, Trooper Greg Roy responded to a report in Mariaville that farm animals were being attacked by two dogs. By the time Trooper Roy arrived, two large goats had been killed, two goats were badly injured and one chicken was killed. The investigation revealed the owner of the dogs was Gary Paine, 41, of Mariaville. Gary was subsequently charged for various animal violations by the Mariaville Animal Control officer.

Man assaults woman

BANGOR An Ellsworth man is facing various domestic violence charges after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend.

On March 25, around 9 p.m., Officer Kyle Pelkey radioed that he had been flagged down by a person reporting that someone was attempting to operate a motor vehicle while intoxicated from the corner of Main and Union Streets.

Officer Taylor Bagley was at the police station and quickly arrived to assist. Bagley reported that several people were yelling and screaming for help, and he saw a black SUV violently shaking back and forth with people inside. The officer ran to the SUV and saw a man assaulting a female passenger. Police noted there was also an infant child in the vehicle.

Bagley had to physically pull the suspect from the truck and briefly struggled with the man before finally arresting him, according to police.

The officer learned that the suspect, Reynold Valcourt, 29, of Ellsworth, had been picked up by his live-in girlfriend and infant child at a local establishment. As they drove through Brewer, the couple began to argue, and they turned back to Bangor. As the woman drove, Valcourt reportedly threatened the victim, attempted to steer the car into oncoming traffic while crossing over the bridge and assaulted her. Valcourt remains at the Penobscot County Jail charged with misdemeanor domestic assault, domestic terrorizing, domestic reckless conduct and refusing to submit to arrest.

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