Teen charged in meat theft

Posted Sept. 17, 2010, at 11:31 p.m.

Bangor police officers arrested an Arizona man Friday after he allegedly stole four porterhouse steaks and a bottle of barbecue sauce from Shaw’s supermarket on Main Street.

Donald McCormick, 19, reportedly told police that he took the steaks because he was hungry, Officer Brandon Vafiades said Friday night. McCormick said he had been stranded in Bangor earlier in the day when his friends kicked him out of their car after an altercation.

According to Vafiades, the episode began shortly before 6 p.m., when supermarket loss prevention personnel saw the suspect stuffing steaks in his jacket and watched him leave the store without paying. When they attempted to confront McCormick outside the store, he fled on foot.

After heading up Main Street, McCormick — who apparently wasn’t familiar with Bangor — turned onto Summer Street, where the city’s police station is located.

There, Officer Jim Dearing pulled his police car in front of McCormick, who then gave himself up without incident.

Vafiades, who also was involved in McCormick’s apprehension, said that the beef and sauce were worth $44.62.

McCormick, who was charged with theft, remained at Penobscot County Jail late Friday night. (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)

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In recent years, Maine State Police troopers have found Maine drivers engaged in a variety of activities behind the wheel other than driving, spokesman Stephen McCausland wrote in his weekly newsletter.

Motorists have been caught reading, texting, eating and putting on makeup, among other things. Trooper Tim Marks even caught a driver watching “Gilmore Girls” on a laptop a couple of years ago.

Trooper Doug Franklin, however, probably had a “first” last week when he stopped a vehicle on Interstate 95 in Newport after other motorists complained the car was driving erratically. The trooper found out the reason — the woman driver was pumping breast milk into a container. She was given a warning for distracted driving.

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In another item in his newsletter, McCausland reported that a trooper on patrol Thursday near the Portland Jetport tollbooth ran across what he considered the worst imitation inspection sticker he had ever seen — a bright blue Post-It note with a notch cut out of it.

The phony sticker was affixed to the windshield of 51-year-old Priscilla Graham of Portland’s sport utility vehicle, McCausland said. Trooper Tim Marks charged the woman with operating after suspension and having an uninspected vehicle, he said.

While McCausland said troopers find fake stickers several times a year on cars, Marks considered it the poorest facsimile he had ever seen because in addition to being the wrong size, there was no writing on it.

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