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Fort Kent man arrested in New York with stolen pickup

FORT KENT, Maine — New York State Police arrested a Fort Kent man who allegedly stole a pickup truck from a Fort Kent auto shop and drove it to Albany. 

Ted Zarins, 28, stole a 2011 Ford F- 250 from K.D. Auto and Diesel Repair in Fort Kent in early October, according to Fort Kent Police Chief Tom Pelletier.

A New York state trooper spotted the vehicle traveling on Interstate-90 in Albany on Saturday, Oct. 10, and stopped it for New York vehicle and traffic law violations.

After the vehicle was confirmed stolen, the officer arrested Zarins, the driver.

Zarins was charged with criminal possession of stolen property, fourth degree, a Class E felony, and being a fugitive from justice, based on a warrant out of Fort Kent, according to Trooper Meghan Lohman of the New York State Police Troop G public information office.

Police transported Zarins to the Albany County Correctional Facility, where he was booked and released. 

Zarins also faces charges of criminal trespass and violation of conditions of release in Penobscot County for an Oct. 1 arrest after he allegedly entered a restricted area at the Bangor International Airport. 

In May, police charged Zarins with trespassing and refusing to submit to arrest after he allegedly refused to leave a residence. In September 2019 he was arrested on a warrant at his Fort Kent apartment for allegedly failing to appear in court, after police said he faked unconsciousness to avoid paying rent.

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