POLICE BEAT

Bangor woman arrested after returning used item to pharmacy, police say

Posted Sept. 13, 2011, at 11:44 a.m.
Kari Hersey
Courtesy of Penobscot County Jail
Kari Hersey

BANGOR, Maine — A Bangor woman who returned an item Sunday to the Rite Aid pharmacy on Broadway was arrested on a theft charge after store employees opened the box and found a used item inside, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Monday.

Kari Hersey, 26, and another person “returned a box of deodorant and after they got their money back [store employees] opened the box and found a completely different item, used,” the sergeant said.

Officer Joe Baillargeon arrested Hersey on nearby School Street for theft by unauthorized taking and violating her bail conditions. Baillargeon, who did not list what item Hersey returned in his report, took her to the Penbobscot County Jail. The other person was not charged.

Hershey is no stranger to police. She was arrested Aug. 6 for theft of services. When she was booked into jail, an intake officer saw her consuming the synthetic drug known as bath salts, which she was “body packing,” Edwards said at the time. She was then charged with felony trafficking in prison contraband, he said.

Over the past two years, Hersey has been convicted four times of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs and three times of operating a vehicle without a license. She also has convictions for assault, disorderly conduct, violating conditions of release, and failing to notify police of a motor vehicle accident, according to court listings in the Bangor Daily News.

Hersey’s bail was revoked Monday at the Penobscot Judicial Center for the bail violation.

She is scheduled to remain in jail until her next court date, which is Oct. 6, a jail official said.

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