Fake IDs surfacing again in Orono, police say

Posted Feb. 03, 2012, at 3:16 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 03, 2012, at 6:27 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — A number of underage Orono residents recently have been caught with fake identification cards — including two charged this week, police Capt. Josh Ewing said Friday.

Fake IDs are not uncommon in college towns, but Orono is seeing a lot more than normal, he said.

“We had a bunch in the fall and we’re starting to see them again this spring,” Ewing said.

Last fall a large number of fake IDs surfaced in Orono — many made online — and local store, bar and restaurant employees were good at spotting them, Ewing said.

That continues, he said, noting that local employees helped track down those who broke the law this week.

Abigail Davis, 19, of Orono attempted to use a fake ID to get into The Roost on Mill Street about 10:40 p.m. Wednesday and left the identification card with the door person, who turned it over to police, Ewing said.

Brian O’Leary, 19, of Orono had an expired identification card that belonged to someone else that he tried to use to buy alcohol at Thriftway about 11 p.m. Thursday, the police captain said. O’Leary left the card with a store employee who questioned its authenticity and departed in a borrowed car that was traced to him, Ewing said.

Both Davis and O’Leary were charged with possession of a falsified identification, Ewing said.

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