Two suspects in Winterport marijuana theft surrender to police

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Two of the three men wanted for allegedly impersonating police officers to steal from a Winterport marijuana grower have turned themselves in, according to a release from Maine Public Safety Spokesman Stephen McCausland.

Jeff Hurd and Scott Roberts surrendered to authorities in the lobby of the Waldo County Jail in Belfast at about 9 p.m. Wednesday. The pair are cooperating with police, McCausland said.

The third man involved in the theft is now known to police but still at large.

Police say the men, two dressed in black SWAT team gear and one wearing a sheriff’s office uniform and brandishing a gun, went to a Winterport property around 7 a.m. Sept. 21 and had a verbal confrontation with the landowner, who is a medical marijuana patient. The thieves grabbed an armful of medical marijuana and took off running, which was caught on the landowner’s surveillance cameras.

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Roberts was convicted of aggravated trafficking of scheduled drugs and in March 2006 he was sentenced 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.

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