Transient accused of burglary after setting off alarm at Bangor restaurant

Posted May 30, 2013, at 10:53 a.m.
Last modified May 30, 2013, at 12:14 p.m.
Russell Johnsen
Bangor Police Department
Russell Johnsen

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BANGOR, Maine — A local transient is facing a burglary charge after he set off an alarm at a Bangor restaurant early Thursday morning, police said.

Russell Johnsen, 47, who previously was arrested on May 22 after refusing to leave the Hope House, apparently set off a burglar alarm at Hero’s Sports Grill on Washington Street shortly after the restaurant closed at midnight Thursday, according to Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards.

Edwards said Johnsen snuck into Hero’s through an unlocked back door while the bar was still open and hid. Once the bar closed, Johnsen emerged, setting off an alarm. He subsequently fled the building, the sergeant said.

“He sometimes lives behind Hero’s in that little wooded area between the tracks and the river,” said Edwards.

When Officers Josh Kuhn and Tim Wheelden arrived and searched the building, no suspect was found but when Sgt. Wade Betters reviewed the video surveillance, he saw Johnsen on the footage.

Kuhn went behind the bar to the railroad tracks and found a man talking on a cellphone, according to Edwards. It turned out to be Johnsen, and when the suspect was questioned, he denied ever being inside Hero’s, the sergeant said.

Based on the video surveillance, Johnsen was arrested and charged with burglary, Edwards said.

Johnsen remained at the Penobscot County Jail Thursday morning.

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