ORONO, Maine — Police arrested three people late last week after they reportedly fled from the Orono Thriftway Food Center with a stolen bottle of Absolut vodka.
Arrested were Hillary Reeder, 19, of Bangor, who was charged with theft and refusing to submit to arrest; Drew Densmore, 19, of New Gloucester, Mass., who was charged with refusal to submit to arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia and being a minor attempting to purchase liquor; and Hunter Richmond, 19, who was charged with refusal to submit to arrest, Orono police Sgt. Scott LaJoie said Wednesday night.
The episode that led to the arrests began late May 12 when LaJoie and fellow Orono police Officer Steve Marco arrived at Thriftway and were met by a clerk who came running out of the store and told them that a female, later identified as Reeder, had just grabbed a bottle of vodka and left.
The clerk then pointed to a vehicle on the side of the building that Reeder and two companions had arrived in and were preparing to leave in. Before the police could stop the car, it took off and went behind the store, where it then traveled through grass and brush toward the Washburn Apartments complex.
The car traveled across several back lawns and onto the main entrance drive before pulling behind an apartment building, where it parked next to a parking lot.
Two of the suspects, later identified as Densmore and Richmond, fled into the woods. They were found later at the apartment of Patrick Keogh, 19, who originally is from Rhode Island. LaJoie said that Keogh had been with the group earlier in the evening but had been arrested by Old Town police for violating the conditions of his release from jail stemming from his arrest last month in connection with a break-in at the former Oronoka restaurant building.
Old Town police had run the license plate number of the car Keough was in and also had obtained the names of the people he was with, which is how Orono police were able to track down Densmore and Richmond, LaJoie said.