Bangor police say tips from the public helped them find and charge two brothers from Milford in a theft from Sears on Jan. 3.
“Without that assistance this case might never have been solved,” Sgt. Paul Edwards said Wednesday afternoon.
Police released an image taken from store surveillance video of Richard B. Midgette, 31, last week and also posted it on the department’s Facebook page, asking the public for help in identifying him and another person seen with him in the store and believed to be his brother.
“Even though there was an officer here who thought he recognized him [Midgette], it’s sometimes better to have others,” Edwards said. “There were so many others who called and knew this Richard [Midgette].”
Richard Midgette and his brother Mathew K. Midgette, 29, both were charged with theft, the sergeant said. Neither was arrested and they both have a Feb. 16 court date, he said.
Police say the Midgette brothers were caught by video surveillance cameras on Jan. 3 shopping at Sears at the Bangor Mall. Matthew Midgette left the store and a few minutes later, a vehicle pulled up at the doors.
Richard Midgette “took a pair of jeans and bolted for the car” driven by his brother, Edwards said.
“The long arm of the law has been extend by Facebook and other social media,” Edwards said. “With this technology it’s so easy to put it out there. It has made our job easier.”