Police seeking suspect in purse theft attempt

Posted Jan. 20, 2009, at 11:05 p.m.

Bangor police are looking for a man who nearly got away with a stolen pocketbook Monday at a Griffin Road carwash.

According to police reports, a Bangor woman was at U-Wash at about 4:50 p.m. While she was outside her vehicle making change, her two young sons alerted her that a stranger had just opened the car door, grabbed her purse and started running toward the back of the building.

The woman told police that she chased the suspect to the back of the building and up a large snowbank toward the back of the Airport Mall, Sgt. Paul Edwards said Tuesday. The woman recovered her purse after the suspect dropped it while climbing the bank, Edwards said.

A police dog tracked the suspect to the area behind the mall. A potential suspect was questioned in the area, but later was released, Edwards said.

The case remained under investigation Tuesday.

The suspect is described as a white male, about 20 years old, with a pointy chin. On Monday, he was wearing a green hooded sweat shirt under a coat.

Anyone with information about the case should call Bangor police at 947-7384. (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)

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