POLICE BEAT

Police check out report of man with ski pole removing his clothes

Posted Dec. 06, 2011, at 1:31 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 07, 2011, at 6:30 p.m.
Robert Ryder
Bangor Police Department
Robert Ryder

BANGOR, Maine — Police went to Grove Street on Monday afternoon in response to a report that “somebody with a ski pole [was] taking off his clothes,” Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Tuesday.

Robert Ryder, 33, a Bangor-area transient, was located around 3:15 p.m. and arrested on an outstanding warrant, the sergeant said.

Police searched Ryder for drugs but did not find any, Edwards said. Edwards had no information on whether Ryder, who was known to police, had a ski pole or was missing any clothing.

Ryder was arrested in mid-September in Lincoln after stealing a car in Bangor, driving to Lincoln and then stealing a second car and a debit card, Lincoln police Officer Jeff Rice said at the time.

Ryder used the stolen debit card to purchase gas for the stolen car and was caught and arrested by police while trying to use the card at a Walmart, Rice said.

Ryder was charged with one count each of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, operating after suspension, forgery and misuse of identification and two counts each of theft, burglary to a motor vehicle and violating bail conditions, Rice said.

He also was indicted in November by the Penobscot County grand jury on two counts of theft by unauthorized taking, and for violation conditions of his release.

Ryder remained at the Penobscot County Jail on Tuesday, a jail official said.

BDN writer Dawn Gagnon contributed to this report.

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