Hermon man charged with cab fare theft

Posted Jan. 05, 2012, at 5:58 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 06, 2012, at 4:14 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A taxicab showed up in Hermon last week to pick up a female patient and give her a ride to a Bangor hospital, but a man was at the location and took the cab, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said.

“He lied about who he was to get a free ride,” the sergeant said.

Christopher Powers, 28, of Hermon was charged on Dec. 29 with theft by deception, forgery and for violating his bail conditions after he got out of the cab at the hospital around 9:15 a.m. and refused to pay the $34 fare, the sergeant said.

The name Powers gave to the cabdriver was very similar to the name of the female patient, who typically takes a cab daily to the hospital. The cabbie learned he had given the wrong person a ride as he was pulling into the hospital. Powers was charged with forgery because he signed a form using the other person’s name, Edwards said.