BANGOR, Maine — An observant landlord on Friday helped to recover one of five recently stolen cars in the city, and a patrol officer found another, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said.
Both of the stolen cars have been returned to their rightful owners, he said. Two stolen cars were recovered previously, leaving one unaccounted for, according to police.
The landlord of one of the victims noticed a couple of young adults stopped in traffic in a green 2003 Mercury Sable four-door, owned by one of his tenants, and asked them to drive it to the police station.
“They drove the vehicle instead to a First Street address,” near Davis Street, Edwards said. Then, “they just took off.”
The landlord said the young adults stated they did not know the car was stolen and they had just borrowed it from a friend.
“One of the occupants called 911 shortly thereafter, stating his name and that he had no idea the car was stolen,” Edwards said in a press release.
Police were looking for the caller Friday afternoon, Edwards said, adding that little else is known about the young adults.
“We’re searching for [the caller] now,” he said at around 2:30 p.m., while interviewing the landlord.
Three vehicles were reported stolen Thursday morning, and two others were taken Wednesday.
Officer Doug Smith found the blue 1994 Saturn SL at 2:45 a.m. Friday. It was reported stolen Wednesday from a driveway on French Street, where the owner parked it with the keys in the ignition.
The car was found undamaged in the parking lot of Bass Park, Sgt. Allen Hayden said.
Two of the cars that were reported stolen early Thursday were taken from Wing Street and recovered about an hour later in the area of Fifth Street.
“We are still looking for information as to the whereabouts of the last unaccounted for stolen vehicle,” Edwards said in a press release.
The car still missing is a gold 2002 Mazda Protege, license plate No. 5836PE, which was reported stolen Wednesday from a Warren Street home. The victim of that crime said the vehicle was locked but that a spare set of keys was inside the glove box.
With the new leads, the police are optimistic about making arrests, Edwards said, but added officers are still seeking help finding information on the criminal or criminals involved.
Those who have seen the missing vehicles or who have information about any of these car thefts may call the Bangor Police Department at 947-7382.