April 26, 2018
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Bank tantrum leads to criminal charges

A local man faces criminal charges after he allegedly punched out two windows Tuesday afternoon at a Bank of America branch in Orono.

Robert Cameron, 27, was charged with criminal mischief and disorderly conduct, Orono police Capt. Josh Ewing said Thursday.

“It sounds like he was listening to another transaction taking place,” Ewing said, citing a police report, adding that the gist of that conversation was that the bank did not have enough cash on hand to cash another customer’s student refund check.

“I think he may have been in a similar situation, so he started swearing and being disorderly. I think he basically lost his temper,” Ewing said.

As the man left, he smashed two panes of glass, causing $400 to $500 in damage, and injured himself in the process, Ewing said.

“We responded but he was not at the scene when we got there,” Ewing said. However, “people in the bank recognized him” and provided his name to police.

“There was broken glass all over the inside of the bank and a trail of blood leading outside,” Ewing said. He said police followed the trail to a parking spot, where the trail disappeared.

Less than half an hour later, an Orono police officer caught up with Cameron at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where he had gone for treatment of a cut to his hand, Ewing said. He said police learned about the man’s whereabouts after his wife, who police believe was waiting outside in their vehicle, called the bank “to try to resolve the issue.” (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)


A 17-year-old Bangor boy was charged with theft, disorderly conduct and refusal to submit to arrest Wednesday after he allegedly stole a canister set out to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association from the counter of an Orono convenience store.

The canister reportedly contained about $8, Orono police Capt. Josh Ewing said Thursday.

The incident occurred about 4:15 p.m. at the Big Apple on Main Street in Orono when a group of teenagers entered the store and one of them was seen taking the canister, Ewing said, adding that the theft was captured on the store’s surveillance camera.

Afterward, the teenagers left on foot, Ewing said, adding that group consisted of four Bangor teenagers — three juveniles ages 15 to 17 and an 18-year-old female, who was not charged.

When police officers arrived, people in the store pointed down the street, saying that the suspects had taken off on foot, Ewing said. As police began looking for the suspect, a man in a pickup truck told them that he had seen teenagers get into a silver Hyundai. Officers pulled the car over not far from the police station, Ewing said.

At that point, “the 17-year-old became very vocal with us. He started swearing at the top of his lungs,” Ewing said. The teen continued to scuffle with police and tried to get away from them even after he was placed in handcuffs, he said.

The teen was taken to the police station, charged and later released to his mother, Ewing said.

Another one of the juveniles, a 15-year-old male, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after police found a marijuana pipe on his person, Ewing said. He said that juvenile already was on probation at the time. He was released after police spoke with his mother and his juvenile probation officer.

Ewing said that police also found three folding knives and a set of brass knuckles in the car but did not press charges because those items were not concealed. (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)

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