Public helps Bangor police identify three linked to theft

Posted Nov. 09, 2010, at 5:08 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Police asked the public for help Tuesday morning in finding three people who found a wallet at a gas station last week and used the credit cards inside, and a flood of tips has led to their identification, Sgt. Paul Edwards said Tuesday afternoon.

“The Bangor Police Department is quite certain that we have identified the suspects in this case,” he said in a press release. “We will report names of those charged when that becomes available.”

Police asked for the public’s help in identifying the suspects, who were in a red Ford Mustang when they stopped Thursday afternoon at the Circle K store and Irving gas station on Broadway.

Police released video surveillance images of the trio that show a graying man, possible in his 50s, with a woman believed to be in her 30s with long dark brown hair pulled back with a blue bandana and wearing a black Harley-Davidson jacket with pink flames, Edwards said.

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The third person in the car appears to be in her late teens or early 20s with brown hair pulled back into a ponytail and wearing a sweat shirt.

The theft reportedly occurred after a woman gassed up her truck and then a gas can at the store. She placed her wallet on a nearby curb while doing so but forgot it when she went inside to pay, and it was gone by the time she returned, Edwards said.

“It wasn’t too long,” he said.

After he arrived at the store, Officer Eric Tourtelotte advised the victim to cancel all of her credit cards. But by the time she did, “multiple purchases at two local stores had already been attempted for several hundreds of dollars,” Edwards said in a press release.

Even though the suspects have been identified, an investigation into who took the wallet and who used the credit cards will need to be conducted before charges are filed, Edwards said. The suspects do not live in Bangor, he said.

“Once again, thank you to all of those who called in and helped make Bangor a much more safe place to live,” Edwards said in his statement.

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