Holden police arrest man on 23-year-old warrant out of Belfast

Posted Sept. 09, 2012, at 6:45 p.m.

HOLDEN, Maine — A man who caused a disturbance at a Holden trailer park Sunday was arrested on a warrant issued in 1989, according to officials.

The warrant was the oldest one the officer Chris Greeley of the Holden Police Department has dealt with in his two-decade-long career, he said Sunday.

Arnold L. Thompson, 43, most recently of Bangor, was arrested for failure to appear on a theft charge, according to Greeley.

At 4:38 p.m. Sunday, police were called to the Cedar Haven trailer park in Holden for a situation where a person wanted another person removed from the residence, according to the officer.

When Greeley responded and ran the name of the man who caused the disturbance, the 23-year-old warrant popped up.

Thompson told police he had been arrested in Florida, where he lived for at least 15 years, but Greeley said that because of the nature of the warrant it’s likely Maine was unwilling to pay the cost to have him extradited.

“That’s actually fairly common,” Greeley said, that “the state that wants him is not willing to come get him.”

“It costs the state money” in the form of plane tickets, hotels and overtime for officers, Greeley said. “They have to send the police down there to get him or her.”

Warrants are stored in a central database and never fall off, according to Greeley.

“Having warrants that are really, really old is not so unusual, but finding and arresting them is unusual,” Greeley said.

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