BANGOR, Maine — Two residences located near Husson University were burglarized on Monday night or early Tuesday morning while the people inside slept, according to police.
The break-ins were reported at a townhouse on Glenwood Drive and an apartment on nearby Valley View Lane on Tuesday morning after the victims awoke, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Wednesday.
“They never heard anything,” Edwards said. “They both happened at some point during the night while they were sleeping.”
Officer Jason Linkletter was dispatched to Glenwood Drive at 7 a.m. Tuesday, and the residents could not recall whether the home’s door had been locked, Edwards said.
“They noticed a purse, cellphone, laptop and personal items missing, including debit cards and credit cards,” he said.
While Linkletter was telling the victims to call their banks and shut off their debit and credit cards, he heard that “almost the same exact sort of thing was reported on Valley View,” the sergeant said.
The second burglary was reported at about 7:30 a.m. and the victim and her boyfriend said the residence “might have accidentally been left unlocked,” Edwards said in an email.
“They were missing wallets, purses, those sorts of things,” he said. “There was no damage.”
Break-ins that occur when people are home do not happen in Bangor very often, the sergeant said.
“It would be impossible to accurately say [how many have been reported in the last year] but it is very rare,” he said.
It is even more unusual to have two in a short period of time, “but it’s right in the same neighborhood so they may be related,” Edwards said.
According to crime data from 2012, posted on the Bangor Police Department’s Facebook page on Jan. 15, there were 653 home and car burglaries in Bangor last year, an increase of 21.6 percent over the 537 reported in 2011.
The thief or thieves in the latest burglaries left something behind at one of the crime scenes, the sergeant said, declining to describe the evidence.
“We have evidence we’re working on,” Edwards said.
Those with information about the ongoing investigation should call the Bangor Police Department at 947-7382. The department’s anonymous tip line can be reached by pressing extension 6.