June 21, 2018
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‘Lock it up,’ Bangor police sergeant says after multiple car break-ins

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — With warmer weather comes more people walking the streets and more opportunity for them to break into vehicles that have not been locked, Bangor police Sgt. Bob Bishop said Saturday.

“We have so many people wandering around at night you have a good chance of losing” items left in unlocked cars, the sergeant said. “If you want to take care of your property — lock it up.”

A local transient was arrested Friday morning for burglary to a motor vehicle and since his arrest Bangor has seen five additional car burglary reports, Bishop said.

Josh Gray, 31, was arrested and charged with car burglary after a Bangor Gardens-Kenduskeag Gardens area resident called police to say a thief was going through his daughter’s car.

Six residents in the area reported missing items from their vehicles between 6:40 and 9:30 a.m., when Gray was found walking down the street with three bags of goods, some stolen. Gray remained at Penobscot County Jail on Saturday, a jail official said.

Electronics, including GPS systems and cellphones, money and CDs are items commonly taken. People should remove everything from their vehicles that they care about losing, Bishop said.

“You might not lose it tonight but you’ll lose it” eventually, the sergeant said. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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