June 22, 2018
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Glenburn man facing theft, weapon charges

Bangor Police Department | BDN
Bangor Police Department | BDN
Jeremiah Merritt
By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A Glenburn man was arrested on multiple charges Saturday after he tried to shoplift a watch at the Sears store in the Bangor Mall, police said.

Jeremiah Merritt, 24, was shopping with an unidentified woman shortly before 1 p.m. when the store’s loss prevention personnel reportedly saw the two conceal a watch, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Wednesday, citing an arrest report.

The report also indicated that the some of the suspicious activity was captured on the store’s surveillance system, Edwards said.

Loss prevention personnel approached Merritt, who later was found to be wanted on a warrant, as he neared the doors leading to the rest of the mall, Edwards said. He was held until a city police officer arrived. A subsequent search turned up a US Polo watch valued at $29.99, which led to a theft charge, Edwards said.

Merritt also was charged with carrying a concealed weapon after the officer reportedly found brass knuckles in his possession.

Merritt was taken to the Penobscot County Jail after his arrest and is now out on bail, Edwards said. The woman who was shopping with Merritt was not charged but was given a trespass warning.

In 2008, Merritt was fined $400 and sentenced to nine months in jail and two years of probation for unlawful possession of oxycodone, according to the Bangor Daily News archives. He also was given a six-month jail sentence for failure to appear in court after bailing out of jail.

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