Bangor man arrested for allegedly using debit card of man in hospital

Posted Oct. 31, 2011, at 3:59 p.m.
Brian Braisted
Courtesy of Bangor Police Department
Brian Braisted

BANGOR, Maine — A Bangor man was arrested last week after he reportedly used the debit card of a man who was in the hospital, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Monday.

Brian Braisted, 45, was charged with felony burglary and misuse of identification on Oct. 25 after police were able to identify him from surveillance images taken from Leadbetter’s convenience store on Hammond Street as the person using the victim’s bank card.

The 52-year-old male victim was in the hospital on Oct. 19 and contacted police shortly after being released to say “his debit card was used while he was in the hospital,” the sergeant said.

The man said he returned home and his bank card was on the table where he left it, but he later discovered a couple hundred dollars missing from his account.

Braisted faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000 if convicted of the burglary charge against him. He was taken to the Penobscot County Jail and later released, Edwards said.

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