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Bangor police seeking suspect in downtown business burglaries

John Clarke Russ | BDN
John Clarke Russ | BDN
The Coe Building is seen at the corner of Main and Cross streets in downtown Bangor on Sunday afternoon, July 22, 2012.
By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Bangor police have identified a person of interest in the recent rash of downtown businesses burglaries and are asking the public to help locate him.

Jonathan Matute, 18, was last seen in a gold four-door Buick Century reported stolen from the University of Maine campus on Thursday, Bangor police Lt. Timothy Reid said in a news release issued late Friday afternoon.

The car’s Maine license plate number is 5147SL and Matute may be accompanied by a juvenile boy and a juvenile girl, he said.

Matute is described as a white male with black hair and brown eyes. He is 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 170 pounds. He remained on the lam as of 9 p.m., Bangor police Lt. Tom Reagan said Friday night.

The burglaries that police believe Matute might be connected to were reported on July 21 at the Coe Building at 61 Main St. and on July 23 at an office building located at 96 Harlow St.

Reid said that forcible entry was made in all the businesses and that electronics — including cameras and computer equipment — as well as cash were among the items stolen.

As part of the ongoing investigation into the crime spree, Bangor police executed a search warrant at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at an apartment at 19 Clinton St.

As a result of the search, several items were recovered, including computer equipment, cameras and checks made out to a business, Reid said. The items had been reported stolen from both of the affected buildings.

According to Bangor Daily News archives, Matute is a former resident of Greenbush. In February, he was fined $300 and ordered to pay $250 in restitution for a disorderly conduct conviction. He was fined $300 in June for assault.

He also is a former student of Orono High School, where as a freshman he was a member of the Geek Squad club formed to help service the school’s laptops.

Anyone with information about the burglaries or Matute’s whereabouts

is urged to call the Bangor Police Department at 947-7384.

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