POLICE BEAT

Bangor man arrested on Christmas Eve for theft of $7.99 knife, police say

Posted Dec. 27, 2011, at 11:52 a.m.
Last modified Dec. 27, 2011, at 5:54 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A local man spent the holiday weekend behind bars after police say he tried to steal a utility knife from a Bangor Mall department store on Christmas Eve.

Peter Wayne Chiumiento, 21, of Bangor was arrested just before 1 p.m. Saturday after he tried to steal a knife valued at $7.99 from Sears, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Tuesday.

Security confronted the suspect and notified Bangor police, Edwards said. Officer Jason Linkletter arrested Chiumiento and charged him with Class E misdemeanor theft.

With extra security patrolling the mall on the final shopping day before Christmas, Edwards said apprehending the suspect wasn’t difficult.

Chiumiento has since been released from Penobscot County Jail, and he faces up to six months in jail if convicted of the theft charge. (Ryan McLaughlin, BDN)

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