Bangor police are investigating what appears to be a rash of recent vandalism that has left businesses throughout much of the city with broken windows.
Sgt. Wade Betters of the Bangor Police Department said he did not know how many victims there are, but that more than one suspect is thought to be responsible for the vandalism.
State Rep. Joseph Perry, D-Bangor, whose Garland Street convenience store was targeted about 7:30 p.m. Sunday, said that he was able to give Bangor police video from his surveillance system.
It showed a passenger shooting a marble with a slingshot through the window of the front door of Joe’s Market at 102 Garland St., Perry said Monday.
The Kentucky Fried Chicken on Longview Drive off Hogan Road, had a projectile thrown through a side door Sunday night, Randy Doublas, area director for KFC, said Monday. On the other side of the Kenduskeag Stream, a large window at Bangor Wine and Cheese was shattered Sunday night, owner Eric Mihan said Monday.
The vandalism may have escalated over the weekend, but it could have started more than two weeks ago. Matt Bishop, a buyer for Epic Sports in downtown Bangor, said a projectile from a pellet gun came through the store’s front window overnight July 1.
At Hollywood Casino on Main Street, windows in a parking garage stairwell were damaged recently, according to casino Spokesman Dan Cashman.
And on Hammond Street, a staff member at the NAPA Auto Parts store at 636 Hammond St. said that he arrived last Tuesday morning to find the window had been hit with a pellet gun. The window was not expected to be repaired until next week.
Police are seeking any photos or video that could help them identify the suspects, Betters said. He said that one car, a red SUV that could be a GMC Envoy, may be tied to the vandalism.
“Right now we are working to identify those responsible for these crimes,” Betters said
Police asked anyone with information to contact Detective Dustin Dow at 207-947-7384 ext. 5737.
BDN reporter Judy Harrison contributed to this report.