April 08, 2020

Locked Bangor garage no hurdle for thieves> 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee reported missing

A locked garage on Center Street in Bangor didn’t stop burglars from taking a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Thursday night. A worker shoveling snow at the residence at 6:30 a.m. Friday reported that the garage door had been opened and the Jeep was gone.

The keys had been left in the unlocked Jeep, which was locked in the garage. There was no damage to the garage and no signs of forced entry and, based on the setup of the lock on the garage door, Officer Joel Nadeau said it was probable that a credit card was used to get inside.

The burglary is believed to have happened while the snow was falling, roughly between 9:30 and 10:30 p.m. Thursday.


A pickup truck on Patten Road in Garland was demolished when it caught fire Friday night. The truck’s driver, Fred R. Silvestri, 73, of New Hampshire, was uninjured.

While the truck couldn’t be saved, the quick response by Garland firefighters is being credited with saving two snowmobiles that were being hauled behind the truck and with preventing a 25-gallon gas tank in the back from igniting as well.

Penobscot County sheriff’s Deputy John Skroski, who investigated the incident, said the fire began underneath the truck. He said it may have been caused by a problem with the catalytic converter and impacted snow. —-

A car at an Old Town residence wouldn’t start Monday, and the car’s owner suspected foul play. The coil was missing and the woman and her husband owed money to a man who had a spare key to the car.

Old Town police Officer Debbie Holmes confronted the man, saying that if he had taken the coil and had the keys, he should hand over both if he wanted to avoid a criminal mischief charge. The man did so, saying his intentions weren’t to damage the car, but to get the payment that was owed him.


Ray Thibodeau, 66, of Old Town was arrested Tuesday and charged with domestic assault. Thibodeau told Old Town police Sgt. Kyle Smart that he had been arguing with a woman and at one point had grabbed her by the arms and pushed her down onto a chair.

When she got off the chair and tried to call police, Thibodeau said, he pulled the phone line out of the wall. The woman used a second phone to call police. Smart was headed to the residence when Thibodeau passed him in a car coming from the opposite direction. Smart reported he turned around and stopped Thibodeau’s car.

—- — Compiled by Doug Kesseli

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