BANGOR, Maine — A 24-year-old Bangor man was arrested Tuesday on a felony robbery and other charges after he allegedly stole jewelry from Sears, fled from store personnel and then led city police on a foot chase.
In addition to Class B robbery, Chad Beal has been charged with illegal possession of hypodermic needles and an unrelated warrant for failure to appear, Bangor police Sgt. Catherine Rumsey said in a news release.
As of Wednesday night, Beal remained at Penobscot County Jail, where he is being held on $10,000 cash bail that was set during his initial court appearance earlier in the day at the Penobscot Judicial Center.
The episode that led to Beal’s arrest began about 11:40 p.m., when Bangor police received a report that a man had stolen jewelry from the Bangor department store and ran away after the loss prevention team tried to detain him.
Sears employees called 911 and police officers were sent to the area. Employees told Bangor police Officer Taylor Bagley that the suspect, later identified as Beal, had jumped a fence and ran across Interstate 95 toward Sylvan Road. Bagley then began following Beal’s track.
Lt. Tom Reagan and Rumsey were in the area and went to Sylvan Road in a patrol vehicle. They spotted Beal entering the Eastern Maine Community College campus, where they pursued Beal on foot after he refused orders to stop.
After a short chase, Reagan and Rumsey saw Beal reaching into his backpack as he turned to face them, Rumsey said. Fearing the possibility of a weapon, Reagan ordered Beal to the ground at gunpoint. Beal dropped his backpack and complied. He was then taken into custody and turned over to Bagley.
The stolen jewelry was recovered from Beal’s pants pocket, Rumsey said. A search of his backpack turned up a black BB gun designed to look like a semi-automatic pistol as well as numerous hypodermic needles and other drug paraphernalia.
During the investigation, police learned that Beal allegedly made a statement to Sears employees that they considered a threat if they did not stop chasing him, Rumsey said. Fearing for their safety, they did so, she said.
According to police reports, Beal stole three brass diamond accent bracelets worth $299.97. After he was arrested, he reportedly told police that he took them because his girlfriend’s birthday was coming up and he didn’t have any money for a present.
He also allegedly told officers that he ran because had recently been released from jail and had a warrant out on him. The warrant was for failure to appear, police reports said.