BANGOR, Maine — Police Officer Kyle Pelkey noticed a bicycle near the Tradewinds Car Wash on Union Street when he responded early Saturday morning to the first of two burglary calls at the convenience store.
The bike was gone when the second call came in and Bangor resident Sean Chaput, 24, was caught riding it several hours later with items stolen from the store and with drugs in his pockets, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Monday.
Chaput was charged with Class C burglary, theft and possession of scheduled drugs and could spend up to five years in prison if convicted of any of the three felony charges.
Nothing was taken from the store during the first break-in, which was reported about 1:40 a.m. Saturday, but “things had been strewn around” and cigarettes, scratch-off lottery tickets and an undisclosed amount of cash were taken during the second burglary, reported about 4:10 a.m., the sergeant said.
Pelkey got a copy of the store’s video surveillance images and recognized the man on the video as Chaput, who, he dealt with at about 3 a.m. while investigating a domestic violence call on Bolling Drive.
Chaput was then seen at about 6:20 a.m. on the bike riding down Union Street by Officer Richard Polk, who contacted Pelkey.
A search of Chaput “turned up some of the stolen property — lottery tickets, cigarettes, cash — and he also has a Ziploc baggie with a white powdery substance” that turned out to be heroin, Edwards said.
Chaput has at least three previous drug convictions on his record — for unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs, trafficking in prison contraband and sale and use of drug paraphernalia, according to court listings printed in the Bangor Daily News.
He also has convictions for violating condition of release and for failing to stop for a police officer, the BDN archives state.