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Houlton police accuse Bangor man of stealing Public Works truck

HOULTON, Maine — A Saturday evening joyride in one of the town’s Public Works Department vehicles resulted in charges of theft and drug possession for a Bangor man.

Houlton Police Chief Tim DeLuca said Tuesday morning that Jared Jameson, 30, of Bangor was charged with theft by unauthorized taking as well as multiple counts of drug possession after he reportedly stole a three-quarter ton truck from the parking lot of Hogan Tire.

Police also charged Jameson with seven counts of unlawful possession of drugs, including heroin, methamphetamine, and Vicodin, as well as one count of aggravated trafficking of schedule W drugs, which is a Class A offense.

Police were tipped off to the theft by a report of a town Public Works vehicle being driven erratically in the parking lot of Hogan Tire on the Bangor Road.

According to the chief, Jameson was given the wrong set of keys when he went to Hogan Tire to pick up his vehicle. The keys he reportedly was given went to the town truck.

“Upon their arrival, officers Jasmine Cyr and Mallory Clayton made contact with two males and conducted an investigation on scene,” DeLuca said. “Officers were able to determine that one male had stolen the vehicle left at Hogan Tire for service and was in possession of illicit drugs.”

After conducting a standardized field sobriety field test, the officers determined that Jameson was not impaired. They then charged him with the other counts and transported him to the Aroostook County Jail.

“Officers Cyr’s and Clayton’ s quick response and professional investigation resulted in these positive results,” the chief said. “HPD has zero tolerance for these types of crimes in our community and take quick, aggressive and firm action in response to protect our citizens and guests.”

No damage was done to the Public Works vehicle.

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