Maine city trying to shame sand thieves

Posted Jan. 30, 2009, at 11:03 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s largest city is trying to shame out-of-towners and businesses for swiping sand that’s supposed to be for local residents.

After snowstorms, residents of Portland are entitled to fill a five-gallon bucket with sand to spread on their sidewalks and driveways. But the city says out-of-town residents — and even commercial trucks — are loading up on the sand at Deering Oaks Park.

Portland resident Joe Methot says the free sand is an asset for city taxpayers. But he was disappointed to find the sandlot empty last week.