Report of 17 windows shot out overnight was mistaken, police say

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff
Posted Dec. 03, 2012, at 8:49 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — News that Bangor police are investigating 17 reports of downtown business display windows being shot by a BB or pellet gun late Sunday night is slightly exaggerated, Sgt. Paul Edwards said Monday.

“At this time, it appears that most, if not all, the damage that was found overnight was old, unreported damage,” the sergeant said.

Detectives are being sent to each of the 17 downtown businesses and two out by the mall to see if there is any new damage, Edwards said.

A press released issued early Monday said a pellet or BB gun was used to damage the display windows between 10:30 and 11 p.m. Sunday.

Officer Joe Baillargeon responded to a business alarm at Frati’s Pawn Shop, 55 State St., at about 10:30 p.m. and later discovered similar damage at 14 other businesses, Edwards said in a press release.

“The owner and officers looked around and did find BB/pellet gun damage to one of the windows and the owner believed it to be new damage,” the release states. “Based on that information Officer Baillargeon noted similar damage to 14 other downtown businesses and reported it.”

Officer Gary Decker found two businesses in the Bangor Mall area that had similar damage during the same time, an earlier press release said.

“As of now, it appears that a criminal mischief spree did not occur last evening,” Edwards said.

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