May 24, 2018
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Presque Isle man charged after stealing back car that was repossessed from him

Patrick Keegan
By Julia Bayly, BDN Staff

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A Presque Isle man faces multiple charges after allegedly stealing a car that was repossessed from him by a bank for lack of payment, according to Chief Matthew Irwin of the Presque Isle Police Department.

Patrick Keegan, 45, of 45 Reach Road, is charged with violating conditions of release, theft by unauthorized use of property and theft by unauthorized taking of property. All are misdemeanors, Irwin said Thursday.

The charges stem from Keegan allegedly removing his car on July 3 from Cowett’s Towing in Presque Isle, where it had been taken after it was repossessed, Irwin said.

“He repossessed a vehicle that had been repossessed from him,” Irwin said.

The car was reported missing just before 4:30 p.m. on July 3 and by 6:20 p.m. officers with the Presque Isle department had located it behind Keegan’s house and arrested him.

“We got the report he had stolen the car back,” Irwin said. “Through our investigation we found it parked in a field behind his house.”

Keegan had also allegedly removed about $500 worth of accessories from inside the car, Irwin said.

Irwin did not have details on how Keegan gained access to, or started the car, but speculated he had an extra set of keys and keys to the car were recovered at the scene at the time of his arrest.

Keegan was unable to make bail and remains at the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton awaiting an Aug. 20 court appearance.

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