Smile, you’re busted: Police say camera caught Gouldsboro man pilfering scrap metal

Posted Sept. 13, 2012, at 1:08 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 13, 2012, at 4:18 p.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — Video surveillance and the everyone-knows-everyone nature of this small city led to charges against a Gouldsboro man who police say stole $200 worth of scrap metal from a local auto shop.

Colwell Diesel said someone had stolen the scraps from its Dumpster on the night of Aug. 22. Since then, Ellsworth police reviewed video stills from that night and saw a man wearing a Mickey Mouse T-shirt at the Dumpster removing scraps at around 9:35 p.m.

“I just looked at the photos and said, ‘Oh, that’s Michael,’” said Detective Dotty Small, referring to Michael W. Frye, 50, of Gouldsboro, who was issued a summons Wednesday for Class E Theft.

“I’ve known him since he was a kid,” Small said.

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Small said that discarded metal is often a target for thieves, who can make a sizable profit of the pilfered scraps, especially high-value items such as copper.

Frye is scheduled to appear in Ellsworth District Court on Oct. 30. He faces up to six months in prison and a $1,000 fine.

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