May 25, 2018
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Bangor transient accused of felony theft after allegedly stealing man’s ballcap, assaulting him

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A local transient was arrested twice in a span of three days, including an assault and a felony theft on Friday, police said.

Randy Place, 52, is also not allowed to consume alcohol due to his bail conditions, according to Bangor police Sgt. Wade Betters.

On Friday, police were sent to Leadbetter’s on Hammond Street when they learned Place, who was drunk, had walked into the store and smacked a hat off a man’s head and stole it, the sergeant said.

The victim also claimed he was kicked by Place, according to Betters.

Police later found Place walking down Hammond Street wearing the victim’s ballcap, Betters said, and placed him under arrest. Place was charged with assault, violation of bail and theft, a Class C felony due to prior convictions. He was brought to Penobscot County Jail and later released on bail.

On Monday, Place was arrested in the area of the Hope House in Bangor when Officer Chris Blanchard spotted him drinking beer out of a large can, Betters said.

He was again charged with violating his bail and taken to jail, where he remained Tuesday.

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