Bangor man accused of breaking into Park Street office building

Posted Dec. 23, 2013, at 1:45 p.m.
Nicholas Hamilton
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Nicholas Hamilton

BANGOR, Maine — A 26-year old local man is facing multiple charges after a reported burglary at a city office building Friday morning, police said.

The series of events leading to the arrest of Nicholas Hamilton began when an employee arrived for work at 157 Park Street and noticed a lock box had been removed from a wall, according to Bangor police Sgt. Cathy Rumsey.

In addition to the removed lock box, a security camera had been snatched from a ceiling, resulting in dangling wires, Rumsey said.

While a search of the building revealed no other missing items, a tool kit with pink tools was found lying in a hallway, the sergeant said.

“There was no sign of forced entry to the building,” Rumsey said.

The employee explained to police that a co-worker had reported leaving his keys in a men’s bathroom on Thursday and had disappeared when he returned to retrieve them, Rumsey said. Police suspected the employee’s keys had been used to gain access to the building.

While Officer Jason Linkletter was investigating, three other officers were dispatched to Central Street to deal with an erratic man later identified as Hamilton, according to Rumsey.

During an interview, police found the security camera, lock box and keys in Hamilton’s possession, along with a pink hammer that matched the description of the tool set found at the Park Street building, Rumsey said. Hamilton apparently had brought the tools into the building with him.

Police arrested Hamilton and charged him with burglary, theft, criminal mischief and violation of bail, along with unlawful possession of a Schedule Z drug after several prescription pills were found in his pocket.

Hamilton is being held at the Penobscot County Jail.

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