Bangor PD Asks For Help Nabbing Alleged Mailbox Bandit
Is this another case of a porch pirate taking something that doesn't belong to them from a home that is not theirs?
The Bangor PD thinks it might be and would like to ask you to take a moment to see if you can identify this person.
Sgt. Wade Betters of the Bangor Police Department says the person in question is a suspect from a recent package theft case.
"The suspect was caught on video while removing packages from the victim’s mailbox. The packages contained Christmas gifts “for kids.” Anyone who recognizes the person in the photo is asked to notify Officer Brian Cronk at 947-7384 ext. 5745, or press option # 3 for the anonymous tip line."
The alleged theft is said to have taken place this past weekend. If you have any information to share, you can also email Officer Cronk at email@example.com.
Unfortunately, Bangor has seen an uptick in mail and package thefts in the last month or so. And it's become such an issue, Bangor PD stated recently that it has increased patrols in certain areas of town that are known to have had a particular problem with this.
In a post on the Bangor Police Department Facebook Page, just last week, Lt. Tim Cotton addressed the problem head-on, saying
"We have assigned a small contingent of cops to cruise the neighborhoods in an AMC Pacer as they look for the thieving types who want to take your stuff...Seriously, we are patrolling the neighborhoods, and it's not a Pacer, we don't give all of our secrets away. Please have mail ordered (or shipped) items delivered to a trusted neighbor's house where someone will be there to take the delivery."
Keep your eyes peeled and take steps to make sure your stuff stays safe.
If your mail has been stolen, the USPS has steps you can take to report your loss, right on their website.
You can also contact the United States Department of Justice if you've been a victim of mail theft, by clicking here.
Just in case you were wondering, according to findlaw.com,
"Mail theft occurs when mail is wrongfully taken from either the post office or a mailbox, as well as instances where a mail item is taken from a place where it was left for collection on or adjacent to a collection box or authorized depository.
Conviction for mail theft under 18 U.S. Code, Section 1708 carries potential penalties including fines and federal prison sentences of up to five years."