Louisiana transient hoping to get arrested has wish granted, police say

Posted June 25, 2012, at 9:04 p.m.

HERMON, Maine — A transient from Louisiana broke into Hermon Meadows Golf Club on Friday night in the hopes of getting arrested — and he was, according to police and court officials.

“He said he was happy to be arrested so he had a place to stay and a hot meal,” Penobscot County sheriff’s Deputy Jay Hallett said Monday evening, citing an arrest report by fellow county Deputy David Quinn.

Teddy Ristick, who turns 24 on Wednesday, has been charged with Class C felony burglary, which carries a penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

Ristick remained behind bars Monday night, unable to make bail, a Penobscot County Jail official confirmed Monday night. His bail had been set at $200 cash earlier in the day during an appearance before District Judge Gregory Campbell.

The report indicated that Ristick was in the area looking for work, Hallett said.

According to the arrest report, Quinn was called to the Billings Road golf course and driving range shortly before 10 p.m. Ristick allegedly used a ladder to get onto a second-story deck overlooking the golf course and from there made his way inside, tripping the burglar alarm.

He then reportedly sat at a table, presumably waiting for police to arrive.

Though Ristick only stole a couple of sodas, he nonetheless was charged with felony burglary because a business break-in was involved.

Bangor Daily News writer Judy Harrison contributed to this report.

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