May 23, 2018
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Solon man charged for allegedly stealing and abandoning car and sign

By Alex Barber, BDN Staff

JACKMAN, Maine — A man suspected of stealing a disabled car and a sign from two different Somerset County towns was charged with two counts of criminal mischief on Wednesday, according to police.

Michael Bishop, 31, of Solon was charged with the two Class D crimes, but was not arrested, according to Detective Lt. Carl Gottardi II of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department.

At 11:55 p.m. on Tuesday, the sheriff’s department received a report of a stolen vehicle from Route 201 in Jackman. The disabled vehicle had been parked beside Jackman Trading Post for several years, according to Gottardi.

“[It has been] visible to traffic as you enter Jackman,” Gottardi said in a statement. “The vehicle is painted black and white to resemble a police car and there has been a mannequin sitting behind the wheel of the vehicle.”

Gottardi said the vehicle had been dragged from its resting place, but the frame was left behind because it was frozen into the ground. The vehicle was recovered on a dirt road along Route 201 three miles south of where it was stolen, he said.

On Wednesday morning at 9:22 a.m., police were notified of a sign stolen from Adventure Bound on Route 201 in Caratunk. The sign measures 4 feet by 3 feet and was held in place by two 8-foot posts. It was recovered a quarter of a mile away at the Caratunk Boat Landing on Route 201.

“After conducting interviews in the Jackman area, Deputy [Joseph] Jackson identified a possible suspect and the motor vehicle that may have been used to commit the aforementioned crimes,” Gottardi said.

Bishop was questioned and subsequently summoned for two counts of criminal mischief, Gottardi said. Bishop allegedly used his black 2002 Chevrolet 2500 pickup truck in both cases.

Police did not offer a motive.

Gottardi said the investigation is continuing and more charges are possible after the district attorney’s office reviews the case. Deputy David Cole and Maine Game Warden Andrew Smart assisted in the case.

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