Train jumpers receive trespassing warning

Posted May 25, 2010, at 11:23 p.m.

A trio of train jumpers from New Jersey recently arrived in the Bangor area aboard a train, unbeknownst to the locomotive’s operators, Sgt. William Birch of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department said Tuesday morning.

“Basically, what they were trying to do was hitch a ride to northern Maine” by jumping aboard a train car, he said. “They wanted to see the rail system before it tanked.”

The group included two males and a female, all in their mid- to late 20s, who had hitched “other rides on trains” to get to Maine, the sergeant said. “They had their backpacks on and looked a little scruffy,” but otherwise were in good condition, he said of the three.

A railroad employee spotted the two men and the woman at Northern Maine Junction at about 9:20 a.m. Tuesday and asked them to leave the area, which is located off Route 2 near the Bangor city line. Police were notified. Birch caught up with the trio walking down the road and checked to see whether any of the individuals were wanted by law enforcement. None had warrants and each was given a trespass warning, he said. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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Bangor police arrested a Brewer man Monday afternoon after homeowners on Birch Street returned home to find the man in their bathroom.

Eric J. Becker, 29, was charged with two felony counts of burglary and criminal threatening.

Police reported that the homeowners had left for about 45 minutes and when they returned home at 3:15 p.m. noticed someone run into their bathroom as they walked into the house.

The male homeowner approached the man and asked what he was doing, police said. The suspect made a threatening statement and ran from the house with the homeowner in pursuit. The homeowner was unable to catch the suspect, but officers who came to the scene did. Becker was caught in the Essex Street area and was arrested and taken to Penobscot County Jail.

If convicted of the felony burglary charge, Becker faces a penalty of up to 30 years in jail, and another five years for the criminal threatening. He remained in jail Tuesday night on a probation hold, a jail official said. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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