June 19, 2018
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Ex-worker accused of Rockland restaurant break-in

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — A former employee of a Rockland restaurant has been charged with breaking into his place of employment and stealing nearly $1,000.

Mark A. Hupper, 27, of Rockland, was arrested early Monday morning, police said, after his wife, who said she is divorcing him, notified authorities that he had taken the money.

Mark Hupper was charged with burglary and theft.

According to an affidavit filed in Rockland District Court by Rockland police, the break-in was discovered the evening of July 2 after Cafe Miranda closed for the evening. Hupper had been a suspect from the beginning but police did not have evidence tying him to the burglary, according to the affidavit.

On Dec. 2, Hupper’s wife arrived at the police station and brought the money. She said her husband had taken the bag of money and it had since been hidden in the attic of her mother’s house where the couple lived, the police report stated. The wife said her husband told her before the offense that he knew where to find some money , and she had warned him not to take it, according to the affidavit.

She informed police that the couple was in the process of being divorced.

Police tried to find Hupper, and he contacted them and later turned himself in.

Hupper had worked at the restaurant for only a few days and had learned where the key was left to get into the facility, according to police. He admitted to police that he had taken the money after he turned himself in Monday morning, according to the affidavit.

He was taken to the Knox County Jail and remained there Wednesday afternoon. At his initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon in Rockland District Court, Judge Patricia Worth set bail at $5,000 cash.

Assistant District Attorney Christopher Fernald requested the $5,000 cash bail, citing Hupper’s lengthy criminal record, which includes burglaries, thefts, eluding a police officer and one count of aggravated criminal mischief that had originally been an arson charge.

Hupper said at the hearing that no divorce proceedings have begun.

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