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Hampden woman breaks into home being searched by police

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — While Bangor police searched a State Street apartment last week for stolen items, a Hampden woman — who earlier had been barred from entering — decided to break in, police said.

“She wanted her purse, but we said no because we were conducting a search warrant,” Sgt. Paul Edwards said Tuesday.

Cassandra Alexander, 25, didn’t take no for an answer.

“She snuck in and got into the apartment we were searching,” Edwards said. “She was trying to remove evidence from a crime scene.”

Bangor police investigating an April 24 forced entry home burglary on Broadway were led to 810 State St., which they searched April 26 and where they recovered some of the stolen items, the sergeant said.

Joshua Sparacio, 28, who was staying at the State Street apartment, was charged with felony burglary, receiving stolen property, possession of scheduled drugs and unauthorized use of a vehicle, Edwards said.

“During the search warrant they found he was operating the car that was reportedly stolen,” he said of Sparacio.

Edwards said he did not know what type of vehicle was reported stolen or the relationship between Sparacio and the victim or victims.

“This is still an ongoing investigation,” he said.

Alexander approached Sparacio’s apartment before 3 p.m. April 26 and asked police to allow her to get her purse from the apartment. She was turned away, but not before police found her allegedly in possession of two types of diverted prescription pills — Effexor, an antidepressant, and clonazepam (generic Klonopin), an anti-anxiety medication — and a marijuana pipe.

She was charged with two counts of possession of scheduled drugs, as well as the sale and use of drug paraphernalia, and was sent on her way, Edwards said.

Not long afterward, Alexander was found inside the apartment.

“When she went back for her purse, she also took drugs that didn’t belong to her,” Edwards said.

Alexander was arrested and charged with falsifying physical evidence, criminal trespass and unlawful possession of scheduled drugs. She was taken to the Penobscot County Jail and later released, a jail official said. Sparacio remained in jail on Tuesday afternoon.

When Sparacio was 23, he was convicted of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and was ordered to spend 72 hours in jail, according to prior court listings printed in the Bangor Daily News. He also has two 2006 convictions and a 2007 conviction for operating a vehicle with a suspended or revoked driver’s license.

If convicted of the felony burglary, Sparacio could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.

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