BANGOR, Maine — A local man with a history of arrests was stopped again by police last week for shoplifting, and now faces up to 10 years in prison for drugs found in his front pocket, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Monday.
Sheldon L. Hathorn, 45, was charged with felony unlawful possession of scheduled drugs after Penobscot County Jail intake officers found a tin with 19 diverted gabapentin pills in his pants, the sergeant said. Gabapentin is a nerve painkiller.
Police were originally called to Shaw’s grocery store on Main Street for a reported shoplifter at about 10 p.m. Oct. 17, and quickly located Hathorn, who was attempting to hide.
“He left the store without paying for a sandwich,” Edwards said.
Officer Kevin Murphy found Hathorn with two sandwiches hiding under a fence located across the street from the store. He was charged with theft by unauthorized taking and also was wanted for an outstanding warrant, Edwards said. The drug charged was added when he got to jail.
Hathorn has a lengthy and violent criminal record that includes two robbery convictions, at least six assault convictions, and convictions for criminal mischief and criminal trespassing, according to Bangor Daily News archives. He and another man pleaded guilty in 1997 to two counts of robbery, one in Bangor the other in Hampden. The Hampden robbery occurred in September 1997 when Hathorn and the second man beat a resident at a trailer park until he handed over $430 in cash. The BDN archives state he was hired to do the Bangor assault. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)