Belfast police seeking firewood thief

Posted Sept. 24, 2012, at 5:22 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — Police released a grainy, black-and-white photo Monday afternoon of a man they say has been stealing firewood from an Oak Hill Road resident and are asking for help identifying him.

Pictures of the man were captured at night at the end of August using a game camera, according to Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham of the Belfast Police Department. They had set up the camera after the resident complained that someone had been taking his cut, split and dried firewood.

A series of photos shows the man placing the firewood in the trunk of a Nissan Sentra that has a Bruins sticker on the rear bumper, Cunningham said.

“It’s somebody’s firewood. it would be like stealing oil out of your tank,” Cunningham said. “We’re in the northeast. People need their firewood.”

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He had no estimated value of the firewood, but did say that cut, split and seasoned wood is selling for more than $200 a cord.

Police believe it is likely that the alleged wood thief does not live far away from the Oak Hill Road residence.

Anyone with information about the alleged wood thief is asked to call Belfast police at 338-2040.

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