May 25, 2018
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Vandals untie cruise ship from Bangor dock

By Eric Russell, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Police are investigating a rash of vandalism committed Thursday evening and early Friday morning that caused hundreds of dollars in damage downtown.

Police said calls started to come in shortly after midnight about acts of vandalism. The first involved the small cruise ship Patience, which was docked behind the Sea Dog Restaurant on Front Street. The ship was untied from the dock and several items, including life jackets and life rings, were thrown from the vessel into the Penobscot River.

The ship briefly started to float away, but another boat owner saw what had happened and quickly helped return the ship to its berth, police said.

Damage also was reported at Aubuchon Hardware on Exchange Street. Several bags of peat moss, wood pellets, mulch and various gardening accessories were cut open and strewn all over the parking lot.

Additionally, the operating arm at the Penobscot Judicial Center parking lot was broken off, and at least two downtown banks reported that their flowers were ripped from the pots.

Police said they are actively reviewing video and evidence from the crime scenes and once again urge the public to be more vigilant when they see any suspicious behavior and call authorities immediately.

Anyone with information regarding the incidents is urged to call the Bangor Police Department at 947-7382. Anonymous tips can be forwarded to the department’s tip line by dialing the number and pressing 6.

Less than a week ago, vandals caused an estimated $3,000 in damage to the Orono Bog Boardwalk, which is located off Stillwater Avenue in the Bangor City Forest. Police have not found the person or people responsible for that vandalism. There is nothing to indicate that the two incidents are connected.

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