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Bangor man breaks into van before stealing flowers from store, police say

James Lynch
By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A local man who was seen breaking into a van in the parking lot of a Main Street supermarket last week left the store carrying two stolen bouquets of flowers, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Thursday.

James Lynch, 47, was seen by an eyewitness around noon on May 21 “scoping out” cars in the Shaw’s parking lot, getting into a van, and then getting out of the van carrying something, the sergeant said.

Lynch reportedly put the item from the van in his own vehicle before going into the store. He was still inside the store shopping when Officer Jason Stuart arrived.

The owner of the van left the store and once approached by Stuart discovered he was missing a cellphone from his vehicle, Edwards said.

When Lynch left the store he was carrying the flowers, which were not paid for, Edwards said.

Lynch was charged with burglary to a motor vehicle, driving with a suspended driver’s license, violating his bail conditions and two counts of theft by unauthorized taking, Edwards said.

He was taken to Penobscot County Jail and later released.


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