January 18, 2022

Man with drug habit charged in thefts> Suspect accused of taking items at mall

Bangor police arrested a 22-year-old man with an admitted drug habit Tuesday and charged him in connection with thefts at two Bangor Mall stores and a car burglary.

The thefts span a six-week period and include a Nintendo 64 video game system taken from Sears Nov. 19 and sunglasses and a cellular phone taken from a car parked at the Airport Mall Dec. 9.

Benjamin Cyr, a resident of 162 Court St., was also charged with the theft of four jackets and a pair of jeans — worth a total of $464 — from the Filene’s store at about 3 p.m. Tuesday, reported Bangor police Officer Edward A. Mercier. Cyr left the clothing behind after being confronted by a store employee and fled to the Pizzeria Uno parking lot, where he was seen leaving in a car.

Officers investigating the theft from Filene’s tracked Cyr to 162 Court St. where they heard someone inside the apartment, but no one would come to the door, Mercier reported. A relative of the apartment owner let police in and Mercier said that Cyr was found in a bedroom, hiding under a bed.

As for the theft at Sears, Cyr admitted to taking the Nintendo 64 when he spoke with detectives Dec. 8. Detective Larry Ellis reported that after being confronted about appearing on the video surveillance, Cyr confessed to the theft and told police he has a drug problem and that he shoplifts to pay for his habit.

Cyr had also apparently been bragging about breaking into the car at the Airport Mall, reported Sgt. Jeff Millard. —-

A resident of Pier Street in Bangor faces a criminal threatening charge after a reported of a dispute with an upstairs neighbor.

The threat stems from a continuing dispute over noise. The downstairs neighbor has complained about a woman who lives upstairs with her teen-age daughter and a dog, police were told.

Officer James Hassard reported that the teen-age girl told him Monday night that after a phone call from their landlord about noise levels, the downstairs neighbor yelled up to her, threatening to get a gun.

Richard S. Chatfield, 55, the man police summoned, said the noise has been a problem that has increased recently. He told Hassard that the police have done nothing and that he was getting to the point of kicking their door down and throwing them down the stairs.

He also told police that after the teen-ager yelled and swore at him, he told her, “I’ll come up there and pull your heart out your damn head.” —-

A man who smashed beer bottles inside an Old Town store where a clerk had refused to sell him alcohol Christmas morning went to jail.

Old Town police charged Alan G. Francis, 36, of Indian Island with criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, and for failure to give his correct name to a police officer.

Officer Michael Hashey was sent to the Irving Mainway store shortly after 1 a.m. Christmas Day and learned that a man had brought two 12-packs of beer to the front counter only to smash them on the floor when he learned it was too late to purchase beer. He then left in a cab.

Police found the cab and Hashey spoke with Francis, who he reported at times became aggressive, clenched his fists and shouted expletives. Francis refused to tell Hashey who he was. According to the police report, Hashey suggested that since it was Christmas morning, the man should make it easier on himself and that the store clerk might be willing to overlook the matter if he paid for the spilled beer.

Francis, who was later identified by a photo at the Penobscot County Jail, refused to cooperate, according to the police report, and was arrested.

— Compiled by NEWS reporter Doug Kesseli

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