June 23, 2018
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Bangor man charged with theft of aluminum from Hermon business

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

HERMON, Maine — A local man was charged last week in connection with the theft of aluminum from a Hermon business, a Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office sergeant said Monday.

John Morrell, 38, a resident of the Hope House in Bangor, was charged Aug. 21 with theft by unauthorized taking after Sgt. James Kennedy was able to identify him in surveillance footage captured on Aug. 1 at Pottle’s Transportation Inc.’s Page Road West location.

Although the footage was grainy, Kennedy said, he was able to identify Morrell as a suspect because of his body shape. In addition, Morrell was wearing the same shorts and shirt shown in the footage when Kennedy interviewed him last week, Kennedy said.

The theft that occurred earlier this month was one of several that Morrell is believed to have been involved in, Kennedy said.

“He admitted to doing the thefts,” Kennedy said.

In addition to theft by unauthorized taking, Morrell was charged with operating a motor vehicle after suspension of his driver’s license because the footage showed him getting out of the driver’s side of a vehicle.

Kennedy said that Pottle’s employees collect scrap aluminum and use the proceeds from recycling it for group activities and special tools that aren’t part of the company’s regular operating budget.

Theft of scrap metal has been a common occurrence in Maine this summer. Earlier this month four teens were charged in connection with two separate incidents of scrap metal theft in Somerset County.

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