Arrest made in inspection sticker thefts

Posted May 21, 2009, at 2:09 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Police investigating the thefts of inspection stickers from dozens of vehicles in Maine’s largest city have made an arrest.

Mel Fournier is due to make his initial court appearance Friday on charges related to three inspection sticker thefts in Portland in June and October. The 29-year-old from Windham was arrested Wednesday evening on 14 counts that include a couple burglaries, as well.

Police Lt. Tony Ward says there have been about 40 cases where a thief or thieves smashed windows to get inside vehicles and then applied heat to windshields to loosen the stickers. He says the stickers were sold to people whose vehicles couldn’t pass a state inspection.

Paperwork at the Cumberland County Jail, where Fournier’s being held on $15,000 bail, didn’t indicate whether he’d retained a lawyer.

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