May 26, 2018
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Man who found camera arrested on theft charge

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A Bangor man who found a high-end camera along the waterfront last month was arrested after he tried to sell a lens at a Union Street camera store.

Michael Cole, 29, was charged with theft of mislaid, lost or mistakenly delivered property, a Class C felony because of the dollar value of the item, Bangor police Sgt. Larry Weber said Monday, citing a police report.

According to the police report, the camera at issue was a Canon worth about $8,000. It belonged to a professional photographer.

The police report said the photographer left the camera unattended near the railroad trestle on Front Street on July 21 during a brief visit to the nearby Sea Dog Brewing Co. When he came back out 10 minutes later, the camera was nowhere to be found, Weber said.

Weber said police searched the waterfront, nearby homeless encampments and other areas and were unable to find the camera.

The camera turned up four days later when Cole stopped by Bangor Photo, where an employee recognized a lens Cole was trying to sell as one belonging to the photographer and called police. Weber said the report indicated that Cole told the camera store staff that he had been left the camera and the lens in a relative’s will.

When confronted by police, Cole said he found the camera while driving along the waterfront and did not think taking it was a crime.

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