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Criminal Mischief (05/29/2019)

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Local restaurant victimized by scam

BANGOR – A local restaurant was apparently the victim of a sophisticated scam earlier this week.

At just after 8 a.m. on the morning of May 26, Bangor PD received a call from a manager of a local fast food restaurant. The manager reported having sent an employee to make a cash deposit earlier in the morning. The money wasn’t deposited, and the employee never returned to work. At that point, no one had been able to make contact with the now missing employee.

Officers and members of the Bangor PD Criminal Investigation Division began investigating. At approximately 11:00 a.m. that same morning, the missing employee was located in the parking lot of Walmart in Brewer.

After further investigation, it appears as though the restaurant was victimized by a sophisticated and well-organized telephone scam. Law enforcement officials do not believe the employee sent to deposit the money had any criminal intent nor will that person face charges in relation to this incident.

Bangor PD wishes to warn the public and local businesses about telephone calls or email requests for check cashing/money depositing. Some of these calls and/or emails may look and sound legitimate, but they are in fact a scam. When in doubt, officials recommend that you try to verify the authenticity of the request before following the caller/sender’s instructions.

In addition to notifying your local police department, people are encouraged to report these types of scams directly to the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-382-4357.

The investigation into the matter remains open as of press time.

MCJA graduates 63 new officers

VASSALBORO – Maine’s 63 newest police officers have graduated from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro. The officers spent 18 weeks in study and training. 

The graduation speaker was Maine Public Safety Commissioner Michael Sauschuck who told the new officers, “You’ve entered a noble and honorable profession to keep our communities safe.  Maine law enforcement has many challenges, but you have received the best training to protect the public, and to protect yourselves.”    

Among the many topics studied by the new officers were crime scene processing, emergency vehicle operation, first aid, traffic and criminal law, domestic violence and sexual assault.

The new officers are:

Dylan M. Morin, Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office; Laney M. Merchant, Ashland Police; Derek R. Drouin and Gabrielle P. Gaedje, Auburn Police; Sabastian D. Guptill, Augusta Police; Nathan T. Pike, Baileyville Police; Bobbylee Gillespie, Kyle C. Kramer, Christopher R. Pina and Samuel Violette, Bangor Police.

Elias J. Burne, Bar Harbor Police; Ryan L. Kaake, Bath Police; Colby J. Leavitt, Belfast Police; Jonathan R. Cotton, Joseph C. Donilon, Derek L. Moore and John D. Shirk, Biddeford Police; Joseph A. Hogan, Brunswick Police; Hunter R. Smith, Buxton Police; Mark Bennett and Paul J. Thompson, Camden Police; Benjamin P. Murphy, Carrabassett Valley Police.

Amanda J. Hogg, Falmouth Police; David W. Davol, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office; Joseph A. Bourdelais, Gardiner Police; Errol V. Andrews and Nichole D. Dudley, Houlton Police; Eric Lowell, tuition student from Husson University; Christopher D. Carney, Kennebunk Police; Juan Alcala, Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

Alexander N. Markellos and Anthony T. Zawistowski, Lewiston Police; Andrew Miner, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office; Brianna M. Kenney, Lisbon Police; Walter R. Bachelder, Livermore Falls Police; Bryce Walker and Anthony P. York, Oxford County Sheriff’s Office; William Buckley, Samuel J. Coyne, Christopher Crout, Curran Huff, Patrick Landrigan and Matthew Payoczkowski, Portland Police.

Samuel J. Fuller, Presque Isle Police; Tyler Monsees, Rockland Police; Chantel C. Allen, Joel C. Gott and Morgan L. Royal, Saco Police; Andrew E. Bowman, Skowhegan Police; Brandon G. Lambert and Racean Wood, Somerset County Sheriff’s Office; Nono Mukwayanzo and Ginger Ryll, South Portland Police; Lara Sarett, Topsham Police.

Randi Mosley, University of Maine Police; Kevin A. Santora, University Southern Maine Police; Joshua G. Staples, Waldo County Sheriff’s Office; Jonathan M. Curran, Washington County Sheriff’s Office; Sean S. Remick, Wells Police; Robert T. Hamilton, Windham Police; Matthew R. Buck, Winslow Police; and Andrew G. Delaney, Winthrop Police. 


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