Bangor car thefts prompt warning

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff
Posted Dec. 17, 2008, at 11:20 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Police are reminding residents and others to remove their keys from their vehicles and to lock them up after two cars were stolen and two others burglarized.

All four cases were reported Wednesday morning and believed to have occurred during the previous night, according to Bangor police Sgt. Larry Weber. He said the two missing cars and the property stolen from the other two vehicles had not been recovered as of late Thursday night.

In what appears to be an odd coincidence, two vehicles were stolen overnight on opposite sides of the city.

One of the vehicles, a blue 1994 Saturn SL, was taken from a driveway on French Street, where the owner parked it with the keys in the ignition, according to police reports.

Also on French Street, the owner of another vehicle reported a burglary during which a TracFone and brown purse containing about $10 cash were taken, Weber said. The vehicle was not locked, he said.

During the same time frame, but on Warren Street, a resident reported that a gold 2002 Mazda was stolen. The victim of that crime said the vehicle was locked but that a spare set of keys was inside the glove box.

Also on Warren Street, an unlocked car was broken into and items including a cellular phone charger, flashlight and compact discs were taken.

Weber said that in many cases, vehicle thefts and burglaries to vehicles can be prevented.

“It’s a crime of opportunity most of the time,” he said. “A lot of times, people are just out at night walking around and checking cars to see if they’re unlocked,” even in Bangor.

“It’s not the little city it used to be in the 1970s,” he said.

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