Holden man arrested after Dysart’s employees report suspicious activity

Posted Aug. 06, 2014, at 6:14 p.m.

HOLDEN, Maine — A local man was arrested Tuesday night after employees of Dysart’s Travel Stop called police to report suspicious activity around closing time.

Patrick Hooper, 40, of Holden was charged with operating after suspension and violation of the conditions of his release from a prior arrest after Dysart’s employees reported that a vehicle had driven out behind the store, Holden police Sgt. Chris Greeley said Wednesday.

Since it was around the 9 p.m. closing time, the workers asked police to come because they were worried the driver might be planning to rob them, Greeley said.

Greeley, who was a few minutes away, went to the store, but the alleged vehicle was gone by the time he arrived. The employees, however, told him that the vehicle had gone across the street to the Town’n Country Motel.

There, the sergeant found Hooper holding a bag of returnable bottles, which Greeley believes was the purpose of Hooper’s trip to the back of the store.

After having dispatchers run Hooper’s license information, Greeley learned Hooper’s license was suspended and that he was subject to bail conditions, including that he not commit new offenses and that he notify the court system of his address, which he failed to do after moving into the Town’n Country Motel about a month ago.

Greeley said that Hooper had more than a dozen convictions for a variety of motor vehicle law violations.

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