Police: Cigarette thief caught red-handed at Bangor bar

Posted Oct. 31, 2012, at 11:03 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Two officers responded to a business alarm at the New Waverly bar at Merchants Plaza early Tuesday and watched as a man stuffed his pockets with cigarettes, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Wednesday.

“They observed a man inside the bar area putting cigarettes in his pockets and rummaging through the cash register, taking a cup of change with him,” the sergeant said in a statement. “As the man attempted to leave, both officers waited at the door for him as he exited.”

Matthew D. Burrill, 31, of Bangor was arrested at about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday by Officers Joe Page and Kim Donnell and charged with felony burglary and misdemeanor theft. He was taken to the Penobscot County Jail and remained there Wednesday morning, Edwards said.

All of the stolen items were returned to the owner. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)