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Old Town man arrested for tampering with witness, police say

Posted Aug. 17, 2011, at 1:39 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 17, 2011, at 3:56 p.m.
Wayne Willette
Penobscot County Sheriff's Department
Wayne Willette

OLD TOWN, Maine — Employees at Tim Hortons called police last week to report suspicious activity in the parking lot and later arrested a customer who tried to get an employee to support his story, Sgt. Scott Casey said Wednesday.

Wayne Willette, 38, of Old Town was reportedly going through vehicles in the Stillwater Avenue restaurant’s parking lot, and after being interviewed by police contacted a person at Tim Hortons and asked him to corroborate his version of events, Casey said.

Willette was charged with felony tampering with a witness and operating after suspension. He was taken to the Penobscot County Jail.

The investigation into possible burglary to motor vehicles continues, Casey said.

Willette has been convicted twice in the past two years of operating a vehicle while his license was suspended or revoked and was sentenced to pay fines both times, according to court listings printed in the Bangor Daily News.

If convicted of tampering with a witness, Willette could face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.

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