HAMPDEN, Maine — The Hampden Police Department and the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department are asking the public to keep an eye out for two women they believe could be connected to a break-in Friday in Hampden and a rash of residential burglaries in Hermon, Orrington and Holden in the past two weeks.
In the burglaries, which were committed during the daytime, the thief or thieves got away with jewelry boxes and their contents, Sheriff’s Deputies James Kennedy and Larry Estes said this week.
In Hampden, however, a woman arrived at her Emerson Mill Road South residence on Friday to find a vehicle in her driveway with a woman in the driver’s seat texting, Hampden police Officer Joel Small said. The unknown woman told the resident she was looking for someone who lives on that road.
As the homeowner was speaking to the woman in the car, another woman walked up from behind the home and said she had been knocking on the door attempting to get someone to answer, Small said. The homeowner told the two women that they had the wrong house and they drove off.
It was only after they left that the homeowner discovered that her home had been broken into and that the family’s belongings had been gone through, Small said. It did not appear that anything was missing, however.
Small described the suspect vehicle as a small gold- or champagne-colored car with Maine license plates and a placard in the back window that was dark in color and had pink writing on it in an airbrush style.
“The placard said some sort of slogan about sluts,” Small said, adding that investigators hoped that detail might jog someone’s memory.
The driver is relatively short, medium in build and 30 to 40 years old, with sandy blond hair just above shoulder length, Small said. The passenger was described as thin, about 5 feet 6 inches tall and with brown hair tied up in a bun. She was wearing khaki pants with the waist rolled down and a tank top.
Shortly after that, a Hermon women arrived at her Fuller Road home and found that an air conditioner in a front window had been removed and that her jewelry box and its contents were gone, Estes said late Friday afternoon.
Estes said that a man who was in the area about the time the burglary took place recalled seeing a vehicle matching the description of the one believed to be involved in the Hampden incident.
Anyone with information about the burglaries or the suspect should call Hampden police at 862-4000 or the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office at 945-4636.