Bangor, Brewer police investigating vandalism at local businesses

Posted Dec. 27, 2011, at 10:33 p.m.

BREWER, Maine — Police from Brewer and Bangor are investigation a two-day vandalism spree just before Christmas that left windows smashed at half a dozen local businesses.

The Bangor window smashings occurred sometime between late Dec. 23 and early Dec. 24, Bangor police Lt. Tom Reagan said Tuesday night.

Struck were Miguel’s Mexican Restaurant, Books-A-Million, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft and Bull Moose, all of which are located in the Bangor Mall area, and Edge Video on Main Street, he said.

Damage estimates at most of those businesses ranged from $1,000 to $1,200, according to police reports, Reagan said.

Sometime the next night, a vandal or vandals struck the McDonald’s restaurant, Brewer police Capt. Jason Moffitt said late Tuesday afternoon.

Moffitt said a dollar estimate for damage was not immediately available. He said a tracking dog from the Bangor Police Department was brought to the Brewer crime scene.

No one has been arrested in connection with the window smashings in either city, according to police.

The two-day window smashing spree is similar to a rash of vandalism that hit Bangor, Brewer and Ellsworth in August.

The suspect in that spree, 58-year-old Jeffrey Howard, was arrested by the Kennebunk Police Department the same month after he was identified from surveillance camera video and images that Ellsworth police posted on their Facebook page and distributed to other law enforcement agencies.

Howard was linked to five window smashing incidents at businesses in Ellsworth as well as broken windows at businesses in Brewer and Bangor that resulted in tens of thousands of dollars in damage.

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