September 26, 2018
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State police identify 2 suspects in Winterport fake cop medical marijuana thefts

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff
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WINTERPORT, Maine — Maine State Police have identified two of three men suspected of impersonating law enforcement personnel and robbing a medical marijuana patient of several plants a week ago, officials said Wednesday.

Jeffrey Hurd, 47, and Scott Roberts, 35, both of Glenburn, are wanted for robbery, impersonating a police officer and theft. They were identified after surveillance camera photos were released to the public on Monday by Maine State Police and investigators received more than three dozen tips from the public.

“Both men are considered armed and dangerous,” Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, stated in a news release Wednesday.

The men, two dressed in black SWAT team gear and one wearing a sheriff’s office uniform and brandishing a gun, went to the Winterport property, the location of which police are not releasing to protect the privacy of the landowner, around 7 a.m. Sept. 21 and had a verbal confrontation with the landowner, who is a medical marijuana patient. After the confrontation, the thieves grabbed an armful of medical marijuana and took off running.

Hurd is holding what police believe is a semiautomatic handgun in the photos released, McCausland said. He is described as 5 feet, 6 inches tall and Roberts is 5 feet, 11 inches tall. Both men weigh more than 200 pounds.

Anyone with information on the two men’s whereabouts can call state police in Augusta at 624-7076 or 911.

A third man who is only partially visible in the surveillance photos released did not have an arrest warrant issued for him as of Wednesday, according to Trooper Elisha Fowlie.

Lt. Aaron Hayden of the Maine State Police said Tuesday morning that investigators have a “ possible lead on the identity of the third.”

Two of the suspects have criminal histories in Maine.

Roberts was convicted of aggravated trafficking of scheduled drugs and in March 2006 he was sentenced in Penobscot County Superior Court to prison for four years, with all suspended, two years of probation, and $500 in restitution, according to Bangor Daily News archives.

In February 2001, Roberts was found guilty of felony unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and failure to appear after bailed, according to his rap sheet from the State Bureau of Identification.

Roberts also was convicted of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer in June 1996, July 1999 and July 2002, for which he was fined a total of $30 and sentenced to 72 hours in jail.

At that time, he was given a 2½-year jail sentence with all but 45 days suspended, to be followed by two years of probation, according to the State Bureau of Identification. In October of that year, however, he was arrested again and served another 15 days. His probation was terminated and he was ordered back to jail for two years.

In 2003, Roberts was found guilty of felony burglary and aggravated forgery, each of which resulted in an 18-month sentence.

Hurd’s criminal history includes convictions in February 1991 for theft by receiving stolen property, for which he was sentenced to 15 days in jail, and in September 2004 for theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, for which he was fined $200, according to state records.

BDN writer Dawn Gagnon contributed to this report.

 


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