BANGOR, Maine — A local transient who earlier this month was arrested by Bangor police three times in one week remains behind bars, a Penobscot County Jail official said Monday.
Frank L. Miller, 33, was first reported to police at about 1:50 p.m. on Jan. 7 after store security at Kmart on the Hogan Road caught him attempting to leave the store with $159 in cigarettes and other miscellaneous items, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said.
Miller was arrested and charged with two counts of theft and for violating his bail conditions.
Three days later, on Jan. 10, he was at the Hope House, a Bangor shelter for people struggling with drugs and alcohol, and was asked to leave but kept returning, Edwards said.
Officer David Olmstead Jr. found Miller at the front desk and “escorted him out and asked him not to come back,” the sergeant said.
Miller returned, saying he forgot his cellphone, and then parroted the officer and was arrested after numerous warnings, Edwards said.
“He kept repeating the questions the officer was asking [and] he didn’t leave,” the sergeant said.
Olmstead charged Miller with criminal trespassing and again for violating his bail conditions.
The next day, Jan. 11, Officer Ryan Jones responded to the Hannaford grocery store on Union Street at about 4:30 p.m. for a shoplifting report involving Miller, who was found outside the store with $13.64 worth of food he did not pay for, Edwards said.
Jones charged Miller with theft by unauthorized taking and again for violating his bail conditions.
Miller, who has been boarded out to Piscataquis County Jail in Dover-Foxcroft, is being held without bail, a jail official said. He has a February court date. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)