Police charge Bangor man in connection with Newport farm stand theft

Posted Sept. 30, 2013, at 1:08 p.m.

NEWPORT, Maine — Thanks to an outpouring of tips from the public, a Bangor man has been charged in connection with several thefts of cash from a Newport farm stand, according to police.

Charles Michaud, 44, of Bangor was summoned on four counts of Class E theft on Friday, Newport police Chief Leonard Macdaid said Monday.

Michaud allegedly pried open a locked cash box at a farm stand located on Mullen Road and took an undisclosed amount of money, according to Macdaid. The farm stand operates on the honor system, in which customers take fruits and vegetables and deposit money in a locked box.

The owner does this “because he can’t man it all the time,” Macdaid said last week. “But someone’s prying open the money box and taking the money.”

Police set up a camera at the farm stand which recorded a man stealing from the cashbox at about 5 p.m. Wednesday.

“It’s not a lot of money, but it’s the point of the thing,” Macdaid said last week. “And he’s apparently not going to stop until we catch him.”

The police chief credited tips from the public in helping locate the suspect.

“We had so many leads, you wouldn’t believe it,” he said.

Several tips led police to Michaud, who was staying at a residence in Newport.

In his nine years with the department, Macdaid said this was the only year he had seen cash thefts from that farm stand.

“This turned out great. I’m very, very happy with the help from the public,” he said.

Michaud is due in Newport District Court on Oct. 30. He faces up to six months in jail for each Class E charge and a maximum $1,000 fine for each charge.

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