Metal thieves test investigators’ mettle

Posted Aug. 14, 2011, at 4:43 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 14, 2011, at 9:59 p.m.

WEST BATH, Maine — The Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Department remains busy investigating metal thefts around the county, the latest involving several thousands of dollars worth of power utility pole equipment.

For the fourth time in less than three months, thieves have targeted metals used by Central Maine Power. The latest heist occurred Wednesday at a vacant lot in West Bath and represents the most significant loss to date.

Sagadahoc County Chief Deputy Brett Strout said thieves struck at the lot near the town’s fire department on State Road. At the site, a subcontractor for Central Maine Power stored metal arms that go on the top of power utility poles. Sometime in the early morning hours Wednesday, thieves made off with 23 steel arms worth more than $18,400.

The theft was reported at 11:48 a.m. Wednesday. As of Thursday morning, Strout said investigators had yet to identify any suspects.

Other thefts

At around 9 a.m., a theft of metal and tools from a construction site in Bowdoin was reported. Strout said the person or persons responsible for the heist entered a construction site on Mariner Lane and stole a ladder; aluminum valued at $2,000; metal flashing valued at $600; and tools valued at $200 from the siding contractors. The tools and material are believed to have been taken sometime after heavy rain fell early Wednesday morning.

At about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, a 1996 Dodge Caravan that was not in use but had been parked in the yard at a Browns Point Road home in Bowdoinham, was reported stolen.

Strout said Wednesday that sheriff’s department investigators plan to check whether the van might have been taken to be sold as scrap metal.

Investigators identified suspects in the van theft, Strout said.

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