Police Beat – Sept. 13 through Sept. 20

Sept. 13 – 7:25 p.m. 

Officer Gray of the Orono Police Department (OPD) was on an alcohol detail sitting in front of a liquor establishment on Park Street when he noticed a vehicle sitting in front of the store. The driver, who was still in the vehicle, appeared to be under 21, while the passenger had walked into the store and returned with a 12 pack of Twisted Tea. Officer Gray ran the registration of the car and discovered that the vehicle was registered to Dawson Casey, 20, of Portland. Officer Gray talked to Casey and seized the alcohol. Casey was summoned for the transportation of alcohol by a minor. 

Sept. 13 – 11:10 p.m. 

While on duty, Officer Irish of the OPD noticed Thomas Mahoney, 20, of Orono sitting on a rock drinking a beer. When Mahoney noticed Officer Irish, he attempted to hide the beer under the rock he was sitting on. Mahoney was summoned for the possession of alcohol by a minor. 

Sept. 14 – 11:30 p.m. 

A UMaine student reported that his skateboard was stolen from under the Alfond Arena while he was attending the Saturday night football game. 

Sept. 15 – 12:03 a.m. 

While on duty, a University of Maine Police Department (UMPD) officer performed a motor vehicle stop on the Hilltop parking lot access road. The officer spoke to Daniel Moran, 18, from Massachusetts, who was found to be in violation of the “zero tolerance” law, which states that any driver in Maine who is 18 or under cannot drive with any alcohol in their system. The officer also found alcohol in Moran’s vehicle. Moran was summoned for illegal transportation of alcohol by a minor, as well as being in violation of the restriction on his license through the violation of the “zero tolerance” law. 

Sept. 15 – 1:00 a.m. 

While on duty, OPD Officer James was driving by the Orchard Trails Apartment Complex and noticed a security guard talking with someone. Officer James stopped to see if the security guard needed any assistance, and was informed that the security officer had noticed Daniel Polikoff, 19, of Massachusetts going through the fence. Polikoff was under the influence of alcohol and was found to have alcohol in his car. Polikoff also had underage passengers in the car. Officer James spoke to Polikoff, who was compliant and disposed of the alcohol. Polikoff was summoned for criminal mischief. 

Sept. 18 – 10:00 p.m. 

A UMPD officer was dispatched to a residence hall after receiving a call that a student had been followed from the New Balance Recreation Center, and was concerned for her safety. The student said that the person, a tall thin male with a pale complexion, medium brown hair in a buzz cut style with arm tattoos had approached her while she was at the Rec Center and spoke incoherently. The man spoke at her for five to ten minutes, during which time he repeatedly asked where she lived. After she left the Rec Center, she went directly back to her residence hall and called UMPD. 

UMPD is still looking for the suspect and urges students to be vigilant.