Juvenile charged in Bangor car thefts

Posted Dec. 24, 2008, at 8:26 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A 16-year-old male transient was arrested Tuesday in connection with the thefts of five motor vehicles Dec. 17-18, police said.

In a news release Wednesday, police Sgt. Paul Edwards said the teen faces other charges related to several area burglaries to motor vehicles and two burglaries of Bangor businesses.

Investigations into the latter two incidents, which had occurred in the last few weeks at Webb’s RV Center on Hammond Street, are under way.

Police did not identity the juvenile because of his age. He was arrested about 5:15 p.m. Tuesday on a shoplifting charge at the Union Street Hannaford store. He subsequently was questioned and charged with crimes related to the motor vehicle thefts.

Edwards said the five stolen cars were still being investigated and there may be more people charged.

The teen is being held at Mountain View Youth Development Center in Charleston.

He faces two counts of felony Class C burglary, along with four misdemeanor counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, two misdemeanor counts of burglary to a motor vehicle, two misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief, two misdemeanor counts of theft, and one misdemeanor count of receiving stolen property.

If convicted, he could face a maximum sentence of incarceration at the Mountain View center until his 21st birthday.

Bangor police recovered the last of the five stolen vehicles Monday.

Officer Joe Page was issuing parking tickets for snow removal about 6:50 a.m. on Williams Street when he recognized a Maine license plate attached to a gold 2002 Mazda Protege. Page ran a check on the plate and confirmed it was reported stolen. It is believed the car had been there for a day or two.

The Mazda was taken Dec. 17 from a Warren Street home. The victim of that crime said the car was locked but there was a set of spare keys inside the glove box. At least one of the other cars was stolen with the keys in the ignition.

Two vehicles were reported stolen Dec. 17, and three more were reported missing Dec. 18. Two were recovered Dec. 18 and two more were found the next day.

jbloch@bangordailynews.net

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