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Criminal Mischief (01/16/2019)

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Check theft warning

HAMPDEN/BANGOR – Local agencies are being warned that a fraudulent check operation is in effect in the area.

At approximately 9 a.m. on Jan. 11, the Hampden Police Department received a complaint of mail being taken from local businesses. The vehicle was described as a Black SUV with New York registration plates. A witness advised that they observed a male exit the passenger seat and take mail from his business’s mailbox. Business checks were taken. Hampden Police Department was able to confirm that several other businesses had been targeted and checks had been taken.

Not long after that occurred, an undercover Bangor officer observed a black GMC vehicle (plate ID: Maryland 7DH8293) approach several individuals on the street. The vehicle comes back as rented out of Atlanta, Georgia. In 2017, the Bangor Police Department had a fraud/kidnapping case in which an Atlanta-based group was stealing business checks and having local individuals fraudulently cash the checks at local banks.

At this time, law enforcement officials are asking agencies to be on the lookout for the above registration plate, as well as any suspicious activities involving fraudulent checks being cashed. They have notified area financial institutions as well.

Officers have reason to believe that the suspects in these cases, approach and recruit people from our homeless and transient population to cash these fraudulent checks. As a precaution, our area homeless shelters have also been notified.

As of press time, no suspects had been identified.

Snowmobile crash in northern Maine

SOLDIERTOWN TOWNSHIP (AP) — Four people were hurt in what authorities are calling a complex snowmobile crash in northern Maine.

Warden Service officials say two snowmobiles heading in opposite directions crashed nearly head-on in Soldiertown Township late Friday morning. A 15-year-old boy from Lancaster, Massachusetts, broke his arm and suffered a possible concussion, while a 46-year-old man from Herman, Maine, broke his collar bone and shoulder.

Two other riders — a father and son from Ayer, Massachusetts — then crashed into trees trying to avoid the crash. The father sustained minor injuries, while the son broke his shoulder.

Due to the remote location, it took nearly an hour and a half for rescue crews to arrive.

Game wardens say speed appears to have been a factor in the crash.

House arrest escapee found

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire corrections officials say a home confinement resident who removed his ankle monitor and was put on escape status has been found in Maine.

Authorities said Friday Brian Batemen was being returned to custody. They said he was supervised by Dover probation/parole. Authorities said had removed his ankle monitor Thursday morning and his last known whereabouts were in Epping.

Bateman was sentenced to two concurrent five-to-15-year sentences on drug charges. He had been under administrative home confinement since September and would have been eligible for parole in March.

Man charged with scam

RUMFORD, Maine (AP) — Police have charged a man with deceptive business practices in the wake of complaints from guests about rooms he rented in a historic hotel in Maine.

The Sun Journal reports 29-year-old James Adinolfi, of Connecticut, was charged Monday with misdemeanor counts that could lead to jail time. Adinolfi says he’s the “victim of a political war.”

Adinolfi was the subject of a Sun Journal investigative story that detailed complaints from guests who felt Adinolfi’s operations in Rumford’s Hotel Harris were a scam. Some reported finding dirty rooms that were short of what they’d been led to expect.

Adinolfi has said he believes he’s being harassed by local police. He has said he leases rooms from the hotel owner and rents them in turn. He’s due in court next month.

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