May 24, 2018
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Possible hate crime against migrant workers probed in County

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

CARIBOU, Maine — Police investigators are seeking the public’s help in solving a possible hate crime that took place last September.

The incident, which took place in Caribou, is the Aroostook County Crime Stoppers’ Crime of the Month.

According to investigators, officers with the Caribou Police Department on Sept. 20, 2010, went to a home at 703 Van Buren Road after receiving a report of criminal mischief.

The owner called police after discovering someone had entered the home, which he was renting at the time to a number of migrant workers.

Caribou police Officer Doug Bell said that while the workers were away from the home, someone had plugged all of the drains in the sinks and showers by stuffing rags and other material into them and then turned on the water.

The water leaked through the floors and walls on both levels of the two-story house, according to Bell. By the time the vandalism was discovered, the flooding had caused more than $10,000 in damage, according to the officer.

Police are not sure if the home was targeted randomly or if it was a hate crime against the tenants.

Crime Stoppers is a local nonprofit organization that helps law enforcement solve crimes in Aroostook County.

If you have information on this or any other crime, call Aroostook County Crime Stoppers at 800-638-8477. Callers do not have to give their names. Anyone providing information this month that leads to a grand jury indictment on this crime is eligible for a $1,000 reward. Crime Stoppers also will pay for information on other felony crimes.

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