Bangor teen charged with shoplifting allegedly used skateboard for getaway

Posted Feb. 27, 2013, at 12:54 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 27, 2013, at 3:23 p.m.

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BANGOR, Maine — Store security at the Hannaford grocery store on Union Street watched as a 15-year-old boy concealed two items Tuesday afternoon and then took off from the store riding a skateboard, Bangor police Officer Jason McAmbley said Wednesday.

“Stolen was two memory cards, each worth about $15,” he said of the theft, reported at about 3:45 p.m.

Officers caught up with the teenager at Bangor’s relocated skate park, between Maine Avenue and Union Street behind Bangor Radiator.

“By the time they caught up with him, he had handed off the memory cards,” said McAmbley, a community relations officer.

The shoplifter then pointed out a 17-year-old male to whom he said he gave the stolen items and when officers ran the older teen’s name through their computer, they discovered he was on probation.

“We called his probation officer and he said it was OK to search him,” McAmbley said. “They found some stuff on him that they confiscated, along with the [stolen] cards.”

The “stuff” was drug paraphernalia, including a bong and a broken marijuana pipe.

The names of the boys were not released because they are juveniles.

The 15-year-old was charged with theft and was barred from going into any Hannaford grocery stores for the next year. He was released to the custody of his mother, McAmbley said.

The 17-year-old “walked away” but may face probation violation penalties, he said.

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