When a group of bus passengers were stranded in the cold outside a locked depot in Bangor on Christmas day, a frustrated Connecticut man forced his way in through a back door.

Now he faces felony charges of burglary.

Police were called to the Concord Trailways bus station on Union Street at 11 a.m. for several bus passengers who had been dropped off and found the bus station locked, leaving them stuck in the cold.

When Officer Dan Sanborn was able to get inside, he felt a cold draft coming from the rear of the building and found the back door was broken from the outside, police said.

Sanborn and the station manager watched surveillance video and found that one of the passengers, Dale Quereux, 42 of Plainville, Ct., had broken in through the back door. The video showed him rummaging through drawers and removing a hammer, police said.

Police charged Quereux with burglary and criminal mischief and he was taken to Penobscot County Jail pending a court appearance.

Quereux was charged with a fresh count of criminal mischief Thursday morning after police reviewed more of the security video and saw Quereux allegedly using the hammer to smash the window of a car, though he didn’t take anything.

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