Police look for purse left in hotel restroom

Posted April 07, 2010, at 11:10 p.m.

The adage “finders keepers, losers weepers” once might have applied on the playground, but that’s not the case when it comes to the law.

On Tuesday, Bangor police received a report of a missing black purse that accidentally was left behind in a restroom at the Four Points by Sheraton hotel on Godfrey Boulevard, Sgt. Paul Edwards said Wednesday.

The purse’s owner used a restroom in the hotel at about 2 p.m. and didn’t realize until about an hour later that she had left her purse behind, Edwards said. When she went to retrieve the purse, it was gone.

Though a small amount of cash was in the purse, it also contained several cards, personal papers and items that can’t be replaced, including personal effects belonging to someone the woman is caring for, “so this certainly has affected two people,” Edwards said.

Police are asking whoever took the purse to turn it in at the police station so the contents can be returned.

“Just because you ‘find’ property of value, it doesn’t mean it’s yours,” Edwards said, adding that it is a Class E misdemeanor to take property that is misplaced or mislaid. If the value of the property is high enough, it could be a felony.

Old Town police last month charged a Frankfort man after he found an elderly Old Town woman’s wallet, removed some of its contents and tossed the wallet from a moving vehicle into the median along Interstate 95. When police found the wallet, it still contained at least $600 the thief missed because it was tucked inside a zippered pouch. (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)

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