Rash of car burglaries hits Bangor

Posted Aug. 25, 2009, at 12:50 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Police from Brewer and Bangor are investigating a rash of motor vehicle burglaries reported on Sunday and Monday.

Combined, the two police departments fielded more than 40 automobile burglary complaints, according to incident summary reports maintained by dispatchers at the Penobscot Regional Communications Center.

Police from both cities said Monday that the burglaries were easy work for the thieves because the vehicles weren’t locked.

According to the incident reports for Sunday and Monday, Bangor police received 26 such complaints.

Bangor police Lt. Jeff Millard, who suspects that the vehicle burglaries were the work of juveniles or young adults, said Monday that the incidents took place citywide with complaints coming in from Essex, Grant, Hancock, Jowett, Pine, Sidney and Union streets, Bangor Mall Boulevard and Sherman Avenue.

Millard said that vehicle owners reported a variety of items missing, including a wallet, cash, compact discs and a compact disc player, cellular telephones, an iPod, a cigar cutter and bank card receipts.

Brewer police fielded another 15 automobile burglary complaints, Brewer police Capt. Jason Moffitt said Monday.

The motor vehicle burglaries occurred primarily in north Brewer, he said, adding that Washington and Silk streets and Broadlawn Drive were among the areas struck. He said that the thief or thieves got away with mostly small electronic devices.

Police in Bangor have been seeing increasing numbers of automobile burglaries, including surges in early July and earlier this month.

Millard and Moffitt both said the burglaries could have been prevented had the victims locked their cars and trucks.

Anyone with information on the crimes may call the Bangor police tip line at 947-7382 or Brewer police at 989-7003.

Bangor Daily News reporter Nok-Noi Ricker contributed to this report.

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