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Arrests pending in credit card theft

Article from Bangor Daily News, Thursday, August 19, 2004

By Diana Bowley
of the NEWS Staff

ENFIELD - Police on Tuesday afternoon recovered items purchased on a stolen credit card during searches of homes in Enfield and Passadumkeag and an Enfield garage.Arrests are pending in the case, according to Investigator Allen Emerson of the Piscataquis County Sheriff's Department.

The credit card owner reported the card missing on July 12-13 from a logging operation in Katahdin Iron Works in Piscataquis County, according to Emerson.

He said the credit card company told the card's owner that about $5,000 in purchases had been made on July 17-18 at Bangor stores, including at Home Depot.

Emerson said a Home Depot surveillance video provided information that prompted the searches. Officers from Penobscot County Sheriff's Department, Maine State Police and Maine Warden Service secured a Mohawk home Tuesday until the Piscataquis officers arrived to conduct the search, he said.

At this location, police reportedly confiscated a telephone that had been purchased on the card at Home Depot and clothing that matched the description of one of the individuals in the video, Emerson said. Police also took some unlabeled pills from the home.

A second suspect on the videotape was identified Tuesday by officials at the Lincoln Police Department. Emerson said a home on St. John's Road in Passadumkeag searched on a warrant netted a 6-foot electric range cord that had been purchased on the card. Emerson said police also confiscated a marijuana pipe and some unidentified pills.

While conducting the second search, Emerson learned that some of the merchandise allegedly purchased on the stolen card could be found at a local garage. When the garage owner consented to a search, police recovered an air compressor, power washer, brush cutter and an air hose. The garage owner told police that he had purchased the items from one of the individuals whose home was searched earlier by police.

Emerson said a generator purchased on the credit card has not been located.

Anyone with information about this case should call Emerson at 564-3304 or (800) 432-7372.

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