TREMONT, Maine — There was good news and bad news for a Bass Harbor business owner who on Wednesday night discovered a dead raccoon perched on top of her convertible and what appeared to be blood smeared all through the inside of the car.
The bad news: The deceased animal was real. The good news: The dark, liquid substance smeared throughout her vehicle wasn’t blood.
“The caller assumed that dead raccoon and dark liquid equated to raccoon blood,” said Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Thornton, who responded to the woman’s call around 10 p.m. Wednesday. “But when I got there and wrote it up, it turned out to be chocolate syrup.”
The business owner declined comment Thursday morning, and the Bangor Daily News has a policy of not naming crime victims.
Thursday morning, the business owner also discovered that her business had been struck by about a half-dozen eggs. It’s unclear at this point whether the egging and the raccoon incident are related.
Thornton said that often when a business is targeted, the initial reaction is to look for disgruntled employees or customers. An investigation is ongoing, he said, but the business owner doesn’t have a suspect in mind.
“There was chocolate syrup on the left paw of the raccoon, so at this stage of the game that’s my lead suspect,” he said.
While the mischief is unusual and may even seem funny, Thornton said it’s no laughing matter. If the miscreant is caught, he or she could face a criminal mischief charge, which is punishable by up to one year in prison and up to a $2,000 fine, plus restitution.
“Whenever you do something like this to a business, it’s serious,” Thornton said. “You take away constructive time from the business owners, who have to now deal with these juvenile acts.”
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