Orono Police have arrested two suspects who they believe had a hand in two thefts from Bell’s Orono IGA on Stillwater Avenue, with the latest coming on Jan. 28.
David Bileau, 51, of Old Town, was charged with two counts of theft and violating bail conditions on Jan. 29.
One man, who wore a camouflage hat and a brown and orange coat, alarmed employees as they recognized him as a repeat offender. When they alerted police, Orono Police were busy, and Old Town officers couldn’t catch him in time.
The man is said to have left out the front door, scurried around back, hopped over a fence and retreated towards the interstate.
Pictures of Bileau were posted on the Old Town Police Facebook, which led to an employee shedding light on previous incidents with him. According to the employee, it was the second time that the man had stolen this week, and both times, she claimed, he was stealing alcohol.
Orono Police Sgt. Scott Lajoie confirmed that the first theft was alcohol, specifically two 12-packs of Bud Light Raz-ber-ita. The latest theft, according to Lajoie, was some items from the meat section.
Later on Jan. 28, Old Town announced on Facebook that they identified Bileau, citing that a correction officer had recognized him, and made an arrest.
The second arrest came against Eugene Young, 50, of Old Town, for violation of bail condition and as an accomplice to the thefts.