POLICE BEAT

Bangor transient accused of stealing wood splitter from Home Depot

Posted Dec. 13, 2011, at 1:12 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 13, 2011, at 6:12 p.m.
Edward Myshrall
Bangor Police Dept.
Edward Myshrall

BANGOR, Maine — A Bangor transient was arrested last week after he was seen pushing a stolen hydraulic wood splitter across the parking lot at The Home Depot, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said.

Edward Myshrall, 52, cut the metal chain that secured the wood splitter from its display in front of the store early on Dec. 6 and was seen by employees around 5:15 a.m. pushing it across parking lot, where he was confronted by Officer Russell Twaddell.

“He argued with the officer that it wasn’t a theft — he didn’t make it off the property — it was an attempted theft,” Edwards said.

Twaddell disagreed and charged Myshrall with felony theft as well as criminal mischief. The criminal mischief charge was for cutting the chain that secured the displayed equipment, the sergeant said.

Myshrall was taken to the Penobscot County Jail and remained there Tuesday, Edwards said.

Myshrall, who has a number of convictions for theft by unauthorized taking or transfer in the last few years, was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault on July 11, according to prior arrest stories and court listings printed in the Bangor Daily News.

In the July incident, Myshrall cut a maintenance man who had arrived at his Essex Street apartment to collect rent and “made a comment about how messy his apartment was,” Edwards said at the time. “At that point, Myshrall took a swing at the victim … which he blocked with his hand.”

The 53-year-old victim soon realized that his hand was bleeding and that Myshrall had a knife in his hand, the sergeant said. “The victim punched Myshrall and fled the apartment.”

Myshrall was convicted in October and sentenced to 90 days in jail and a $400 fine for the assault, and given a concurrent 90-day sentence for refusing to submit to arrest or detention, the BDN court listings state.

He could face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 if convicted of stealing the wood splitter.

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