May 23, 2018
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Police identify suspects in ATM card theft

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Less than a day after releasing surveillance images of two women suspected of using a stolen ATM card at stores in Lincoln and Bangor, state police say they have confirmed their identities.

“We know who they are,” Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said Thursday. He said, however, that the suspects have not yet been charged.

“We’re very appreciative of the response we received” after Wednesday’s release of surveillance images from one of the four stores the women visited. He said state police received more than 20 tips overnight. It was not clear how many more tips were called in later in the day.

McCausland said Wednesday that the ATM card was accidentally dropped Sept. 24 in a parking lot on Hogan Road in Bangor.

Trooper Corey Smith, who is investigating the incident, determined that the card was used the next day at one store in Bangor and four in Lincoln, McCausland said.

The card’s owner, who lives in a coastal town, reported the matter to state police, who then launched an investigation, he said Thursday.

The stores at which the card was used were identified as the Hogan Road Deli and Convenience Store in Bangor and Smokes for Less, Walmart, Why Not Stop and Hannaford, all in Lincoln.

McCausland said the women racked up about $250 in expenditures at the four stores before the card was canceled. He did not have access Thursday to a list of what items they bought.

“My suspicion is that they made small purchases to avoid having to produce identification or a PIN number,” he said.

Surveillance photos from one of the stores show the two women leaving, each holding a young child.

Police believe the women drove to the stores in a dark-colored GMC pickup truck.

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