Items stolen from Indian Island traded for drugs, police chief says

Posted Jan. 10, 2012, at 2:17 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 10, 2012, at 6:18 p.m.

INDIAN ISLAND, Maine — An Indian Island resident called police last week to report a relative had taken in excess of $1,600 in property, and when police found him he admitted he took the items to trade for drugs, Penobscot Nation Police Chief Robert Bryant said Tuesday.

Gary Tanguay, 30, of Indian Island has a long history of drug addiction, according to a 2004 Bangor Daily News story about his graduation from the Penobscot County’s Adult Drug Court.

At that time he was 23 and had been drug-free for some time.

Tanguay’s relative called police on Jan. 3 to report “property was missing, $1,600-$1,700 in property, including computer components,” Bryant said.

Sgt. Michael Socoby caught up with Tanguay, who “admitted he had stolen the items and that he had swapped them for drugs at a residence in Old Town,” the police chief said.

Tanguay would not tell police where in Old Town he traded the items, Bryant said, but investigators learned the location and informed the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

Tanguay was charged with felony theft and was taken to Penobscot County Jail in Bangor. He faces up to five years in prison and a fine of $5,000 if convicted of the crime.

Tanguay has convictions for criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, trafficking in dangerous knives and violating conditions of release from December 2010 after he used a butterfly knife to threaten several people outside The Dime bar in Old Town in September 2010, according to prior police beat items and court listings printed in the Bangor Daily News.

He also has convictions for failing to report and criminal trespass, both from 2008, the BDN listings state.

Tanguay remained in jail on Tuesday.

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