June 21, 2018
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Belfast man charged with stealing from bedridden 91-year-old woman

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

BELFAST, Maine — A local man who allegedly pilfered a housebound 91-year-old woman’s ATM card and stole more than $1,000 from her was charged by police earlier this week.

Michael J. Redding, 22, of Belfast was charged Tuesday with burglary and unauthorized taking or transfer, according to Detective Bryan Cunningham of the Belfast Police Department.

“He came in and made a confession,” Cunningham said Friday.

Redding was familiar with the victim, and was able to access her home undetected, which he reportedly did several times. Cunningham said Redding would take the card, use it for a couple of days and then return it. He did this at least five times, the detective said.

The alleged thefts began in February, and Redding also was able to find her personal identification number, which was stored near the card.

Then, Redding apparently went to several different ATMs, withdrawing a total of $1,291, the detective said.
Cunningham encouraged people not to keep the PIN near their cards.

The woman’s daughter noticed the missing money when she was balancing her mother’s checkbook recently.

Cunningham said he looked at the dates, times and places that the card had been used, and then found some security camera footage from Camden National Bank that showed a person who kept his sunglasses on while using the machine. The unidentified person also covered the camera.

But with the help of the police department’s own security tape from a time the card was used at the downtown KeyBank, Cunningham was able to recognize Redding’s vehicle.

The detective contacted Redding, who then confessed, Cunningham said.

Redding is scheduled to appear at Belfast District Court on June 30.

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