Hampden police seek burglary, theft suspect

Posted Nov. 23, 2009, at 8:19 p.m.

HAMPDEN, Maine — Hampden police are hoping the public can help identify and apprehend a woman suspected of making several thousand dollars worth of purchases last month using stolen credit cards.

According to Hampden police Officer Joshua Gunn, the lead investigator, the case began on Oct. 20 with a motor vehicle break-in on Texas Avenue in Bangor during which the suspect stole the vehicle owner’s remote garage door opener and vehicle registration papers.

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The thief then used the address on the registration to locate the vehicle owner’s home and used the garage door opener to gain entry to the residence on Sawyer Road in Hampden.

Among the items taken from the home were two laptop computers, jewelry and several credit cards, Gunn said.

The stolen credit cards were used to buy about $5,000 worth of merchandise from multiple retail locations in Bangor, including Dick’s Sporting Goods, Sears, Wal-Mart, Rite Aid, Staples, Toys “R” Us, Footlocker, Journeys shoe store and Pacific Sunwear.

Among the evidence police have gathered in connection with the case are surveillance camera images of a female suspect who used the stolen credit cards to make purchases, Gunn said.

Gunn said the woman reportedly was operating a late-model, forest-green minivan.

The incident remains under investigation, Gunn said.

Anyone who can identify the suspect or who has information about the incident is asked to contact Gunn at the Hampden Police Department at 862-4000 or by e-mail at hampdenpolice@hotmail.com.