June 21, 2018
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Presque Isle Police investigating downtown vandalism

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — The Presque Isle Police Department is investigating vandalism that has occurred in the downtown area over the past week, but police said on Tuesday that they have not yet made any arrests and are not sure whether the cases are connected.

Presque Isle police Deputy Chief Laurie Kelly said that the first case to garner their attention took place late on Thursday, July 11. Kelly said that the owners of Star City Coffee on Main Street arrived to find a hole in the window and glass scattered inside the cafe.

She said they do not believe the window was broken by a rock or related projectile.

“At this point, we are still looking at what could have made the big hole in the glass,” Kelly said on Tuesday. “We believe it could have been fireworks, so that is one thing we are considering right now.”

On Monday evening, one of the benches along Main Street belonging to the city also was broken apart by vandals. There were some young adults hanging around in the area at the time, Kelly said, but there are no suspects in the crime and there were no arrests.

The incident at Star City Coffee comes approximately two weeks after another nearby business had its front window unexpectedly shattered. The Wintergreen Arts Center on State Street had a deer break through its window on June 29. No one was injured, but the deer suffered a broken leg and the Maine Warden Service removed it from the scene.

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