May 26, 2018
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Bangor man goes back to jail for allegedly shoplifting again

By Andrew Neff, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A Bangor man who police say was caught shoplifting by loss prevention personnel at Shaw’s Supermarket on Main Street last Friday wound up returning to jail after authorities discovered he was out on bail for previous theft charges.

“We got a call from Shaw’s because a man had been caught shoplifting,” said Bangor police Sgt. Bob Bishop, who was reviewing a report prepared by arresting officer Jermaine Walker Tuesday afternoon.

The suspect, John C. Leonard, 47, resides at Hope House in Bangor. Upon checking on his identification and any prior arrests, Walker discovered Leonard had two active bench warrants for his arrest and was free on bail.

“He had two confirmed bench warrants for theft charges that he didn’t appear in court for,” said Bishop. “And he was in violation of bail.”

Bishop said the items that Leonard was trying to steal were unspecified in the police report.

Leonard was arrested on the two warrants and taken to Penobscot County Jail in Bangor. He was charged with theft by unauthorized taking and four counts of violation of bail conditions.

Leonard was still at Penobscot County Jail Tuesday night, unable to post $500 cash bail, and awaiting a March 7 court date for all charges.

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