April 20, 2018
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Police seek public’s help after logging equipment stolen in Aroostook County

Courtesy of Maine Forest Service
Courtesy of Maine Forest Service
An Eagle Lake contractor examines some of the damage done to a Mack truck during a July incident in northern Maine. The case is being investigated by the Maine Forest Service and Maine State Police. Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to contact either agency.
By Julia Bayly, BDN Staff

ASHLAND, Maine — Two law enforcement agencies are seeking the public’s help in their investigation into the July theft of logging equipment along the Pinkham Road.

A variety of radios, communications equipment and tools were stolen on or around July 22 or 23 from several pieces of logging equipment owned by an Eagle Lake contractor and parked along the Pinkham Road in T11 R7 WELS, according to a release from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.

The theft was reported on July 23 and is under a joint investigation by the Maine State Police and the Maine Forest Service who on Wednesday declined to release the name of the Eagle Lake contractor.

“We have followed and exhausted all leads that came to us and nothing panned out,” Trooper Rob Flynn of the Maine State Police, said Wednesday afternoon. “The investigation is ongoing and we are now relying on what we can learn from members of the public.”

The equipment was stolen from a 1985 Star/Prentice loader, a 1986 Mack Truck-Barko crane and a 1995 Champion road grader which were parked about nine miles down the Pinkham Road.

Taken were two Motorola MURS radios, a Midland MURS radio, two MURS antennae, one Uniden citizens band radio, a dash cover, some small tools and the crane’s running lights with a combined value of more than $1,000.

A door handle on the grader also was damaged and a CB antenna cord was cut in the incident.

“Maine forest rangers have been working with other law enforcement agencies to curb this type of activity,” William J. Greaves, MFS regional ranger with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, said in the release. “Logging-equipment theft and vandalism affect jobs, the economy and the safety of those working in this important industry.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Steve Wipperman, ranger at the Maine Forest Service regional headquarters in Ashland, at 435-7963, ext. 201, or Flynn at the Maine State Police Barracks in Houlton at 532-5400.

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