BANGOR, Maine — A Bangor man was arrested late Tuesday after leaving a local convenience store with a case of beer he did not pay for, police said.
David Bileau, 48, tried to purchase beer from the Tom T store on Ohio Street shortly before 11 p.m. when his debit card was declined, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said.
Bileau, who was intoxicated, became upset and asked the clerk if he could just have the beer, and left the store without the alcohol when she said no, Edwards said.
A short time later, Bileau returned to the store, and when the clerk asked if he had the money to pay for the original case, he walked straight to the beer cooler, grabbed another case, told the clerk “I’ll be back tomorrow to pay for this” and walked out, Edwards said.
Bileau was gone by the time Officer Chris Blanchard responded, but Officer Derek Laflin spotted Bileau on Griffin Road, placed him under arrest and charged him with theft. Edwards said it’s possible the charge could be elevated to a felony due to Bileau’s prior convictions.
According to court listings printed in the BDN, Bileau was sentenced in February 2011 to 18 months behind bars in connection with a December 2010 arrest.
The archives also state Bileau has theft, terrorizing, obstructing the report of a crime and aggravated criminal mischief convictions dating back to 2007.
Bileau remained at Penobscot County Jail Wednesday morning, a jail official said.