Milford man caught on tape in bank ATM scheme

Posted June 30, 2010, at 1:23 p.m.

A 27-year-old Milford man apparently made fictitious deposits into several local Merrill Merchant Bank locations two weeks ago, and later withdrew real money, Orono police Sgt. Josh Ewing said Monday.

Christopher Spencer was caught on bank video surveillance tapes making the fake deposits and was arrested Friday and charged with four felony counts of theft by unauthorized taking and misdemeanor attempted theft, Ewing said.

“He had made four deposits on the 11th [of June] at three locations in Bangor and ours in Orono and each [deposit] envelope was empty,” Ewing said. “He also made four withdrawals for $100 each” from the same banks.

Spencer also made an unsuccessful attempt to withdraw money from a branch location in Brewer, which led to the attempted theft charge, Ewing said.

Bank personnel discovered the fictitious deposits on June 14 and reported the incident to police on June 16, the sergeant said.

“Our records show he has six previous convictions for theft that date back to 2002,” Ewing said.

If convicted of the crime, Spencer faces a penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 for each of the four felony theft charges. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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Officials at Newport Police Department asked Bangor Police Department officers on Friday to arrest a Corinna man for violating his bail conditions. After the man was handcuffed, he took off running, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Monday.

“He just bolted with the handcuffs on,” he said.

Kurt Shann, 18, ran down Franklin Street at around 3:25 p.m. Friday and made his way behind the old police station and onto the walking trail that runs beside Kenduskeag Stream before a corrections officer from nearby Penobscot County Jail was able to catch him, Edwards said.

“He made it quite a ways,” he said.

Shann, who was visiting with his probation officer, was charged with felony escape and two counts of violating his bail conditions. Shann will face a penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 if convicted of the felony escape charge. He was taken to Penobscot County Jail and later released, a jail official said. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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