Bangor transients accused of stealing multiple bags of returnables

Posted April 19, 2013, at 11:06 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Two local transients were arrested early Friday after taking returnables from a residence, police said.

Gregory Wilber, 39, and Christopher Hardison, 29, were spotted carrying multiple large trash bags filled with returnable bottles and cans, Bangor police Lt. Steve Hunt said.

Hunt said the suspects took the bottles from a residence on the corner of Blackstone and Center Streets shortly after 2:30 a.m.

Officers Kevin Haefele and Jamie Fanning spotted the pair and took them into custody, the lieutenant said. Both suspects are facing a theft charge.

Hardison’s criminal history dates back to 2002, according to court listings printed in the Bangor Daily News.

His most recent conviction was in October 2012, and he spent 32 days in jail on a domestic violence assault charge.

Wilber’s criminal past includes shoplifting from Ames Department Store in Dexter in 1992, the BDN archives state, along with a criminal trespass conviction in 2010.

Both men remained at the jail Friday.

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