Police issue arrest warrant for fake cop in pot theft investigation

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WINTERPORT — Maine State Police have obtained an arrest warrant for the third man wanted for impersonating a law enforcement officer and robbing a medical marijuana patient in Winterport, according to Lt. Aaron Hayden.

Kerry Hurd, 45, of Bangor is wanted for robbery, impersonating a police officer and theft.

He is the brother of Jeffrey Hurd, 47, who along with Scott Roberts, 35, both of Glenburn, turned themselves in at the Waldo County Jail a week ago after state police released surveillance camera images of the robbery, the public identified them and arrest warrants were issued.

Jeffrey Hurd and Roberts made their initial appearances Friday afternoon at Belfast District Court by videoconference from Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset.

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The trio reportedly went to the Winterport property, the location of which police are not releasing to protect the identity of the landowner and medical marijuana patient, wearing clothing impersonating law enforcement personnel about 7:30 a.m. Sept. 21.

The faces of Jeffrey Hurd, who police say was wearing a sheriff’s office shirt and carrying a handgun, and Roberts, who was dressed in black SWAT gear, are visible in surveillance camera images released last week.

Kerry Hurd’s face is only partially visible in the images, Hayden said.

After allegedly getting into a verbal confrontation with the landowner, the men grabbed an armful of mature marijuana plants and took off running.

All three suspects have criminal histories.

Roberts was convicted of aggravated trafficking of scheduled drugs in March 2006, when he was sentenced to four years with all suspended and two years of probation. He also was found guilty of felony unlawful possession of scheduled drugs in February 2001, as well as theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and failure to appear after he made bail, according to the State Bureau of Identification.

Jeffrey Hurd was convicted in 2004 of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, for which he was fined $200, and he was convicted in 1991 of theft by receiving stolen property, for which he was sentenced to 15 days in jail.

Judge Patricia Worth set Roberts’ bail at $15,000 cash, and set a $10,000 bail for Jeffrey Hurd. Both remained behind bars Wednesday, Hayden said.

Kerry Hurd, who has a theft by unauthorized taking or transfer conviction from 2003, according to Bangor Daily News archives, had not turned himself in or been arrested as of Wednesday morning, the lieutenant said.

BDN writer Abigail Curtis contributed to this report.

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