BANGOR, Maine — Police are searching for two male suspects they say shoplifted the same tablet computer from a local department store a week apart.
On Oct. 22, Officer Brian Smith was dispatched to Sears at the Bangor Mall after a suspect who was spotted by store security had fled on foot, Sgt. Paul Edwards said in a news release Monday.
Edwards said the man was caught on video surveillance taking a 7-inch Toshiba Thrive Tablet. The thief removed the security alarm with a tool and subsequently took off running when security approached. The suspect was chased through the mall to Dick’s Sporting Goods. He handed the tablet to the security officer but took off running again. The thief was described as being 6 feet tall and wearing a bluish baseball cap, tan jacket and bluejeans.
On Oct. 29, another male suspect walked into Sears and took the same tablet, concealing it under his jacket and walking out of the store before he could be apprehended, Edwards said. The man was described as being 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 180 pounds, with medium-length dark hair that was balding in the front, and a mustache. He was wearing a blue sweatshirt with a hood and jacket over the sweatshirt at the time of the theft. He also was captured on video surveillance.
Edwards said Smith is unsure if the thefts are related, but both suspects could be charged with misdemeanor theft if caught. Anyone who knows the identity of either man is urged to call Smith at 947-7382, ext. 95775. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call 947-7382, ext. 6. (Ryan McLaughlin, BDN)