Man facing felony theft charge after stealing bottle of iced tea, police say

Posted April 24, 2012, at 12:05 p.m.
Last modified April 24, 2012, at 7:06 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A local man who has prior theft charges on his record faces a felony count after trying to leave a supermarket without paying for a bottle of iced tea, according to police.

Sgt. Paul Edwards said authorities were dispatched to Hannaford on Union Street just after 1:30 p.m. Monday after Luke Stefanik, 32, took an iced tea bottle valued at $1.51 and didn’t pay for it.

Edwards said store security observed Stefanik walk down an aisle at the store, take the bottle and attempt to leave.

Stefanik was arrested and charged with theft, which was elevated to a felony because of a prior arrest for theft, the sergeant said.

Stefanik was taken to Penobscot County Jail and booked, and he remained there Tuesday morning, according to Edwards.

Stefanik also has a charge of unlawful possession of a scheduled drug on his record from 2011, according to Bangor Daily News archives.