April 25, 2018
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Bangor police seek help in tracking down alleged purse thief

By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Police are looking for a thief who allegedly stole a woman’s purse and an earring from her home and then tried to make an ATM withdrawal with her card last week.

The woman said the theft took place while she was at home late July 13 or early July 14. She told police that someone broke into her home and stole the purse, but she wasn’t sure how or where they entered, according to Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards.

The thief attempted to withdraw money from the TD Bank ATM on Union Street with a card from the stolen purse around 10:30 p.m. July 14. A security camera at the ATM snapped several shots of the suspect, who failed to get money from the machine but visited several stores later that night to make $3 purchases in order to get cash back.

The images show a person wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt. The person’s head is lowered, and the lower part of the face is covered because part of the sweatshirt is pulled up by the suspect’s mouth. Police can’t determine from the photo if the person is male or female, Edwards said.

Edwards said the purse is a $150 beige Eitienne Aigno brand and contains a silver wallet, checkbook, credit cards and a gold earring with diamond specks and tanzanite stones in the shape of a seashell.

“We’re hoping somebody recognizes the hoodie or the person or sees someone with the purse or earring,” Edwards said.

Police are asking anyone with information about the case, including the whereabouts of the purse or suspect, to call Officer Brian Smith at the Bangor Police Department. The number is 947-7382, ext. 95775, for Smith’s voicemail, or ext. 6 to leave an anonymous message on the police Tip Line.

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