Motel burglary suspect caught after fight

Posted March 21, 2011, at 4:49 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A fight at the Econo Lodge on Saturday night led police to charge a Bangor woman with felony burglary after they found a laptop she took from a Colorado man earlier in the day, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Monday.

Police were called to the Econo Lodge on Odlin Road at around 8 p.m. to deal with an argument between Kari Hersey, 26, and Don Kaherl, 29, of Bangor and ended up arresting Hersey for disorderly conduct after “she just flipped out,” Edwards said.

Kaherl allowed Officer Mike Brennan to search the hotel room the two had rented and he found an Apple laptop computer that no one claimed.

Earlier in the day, a Hesperus, Colo., man reported a theft from his room at Motel 6 on Outer Hammond Street, not far from the Econo Lodge, and one of the items stolen was an Apple laptop computer.

The victim, who reported the theft at 5:40 p.m. Saturday, said the crime occurred Saturday morning “while he was walking armloads of his belongings from his second-floor room to the parking lot,” Edwards said.

When the victim, who was in Bangor on business, returned to his room he noticed $200 missing from his wallet but “he was in a hurry to get going so he didn’t bother to report the cash missing,” the sergeant said. “When he arrived in Portland he noticed his laptop computer and other belongings gone” and called the Bangor Police Department.

Officer Kevin MacLaren investigated the theft and was informed by Brennan that a laptop had been recovered after the Saturday night fight.

On Sunday evening MacLaren found Hersey, who had been released from Penobscot County Jail, and charged her with felony burglary. Kaherl was charged with felony receiving stolen property.

Some of the stolen items have been recovered and police believe others may have been pawned, Edwards said.

Police “are working on [recovering those] this morning,” he said Monday.

Over the last two years, Hersey has been convicted four times of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs and twice of operating a vehicle without a license. She also has convictions for assault, violating conditions of release, and failing to notify police of a motor vehicle accident, according to court listings in the Bangor Daily News.

If convicted on the felony burglary charge, Hersey faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000. Kaheri faces up to five years in prison and a fine of $5,000 if convicted of the felony receiving stolen property charge.

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