Island Police Log: Internet seller receives fake check



BAR HARBOR — A resident trying to sell something on Craigslist allegedly received what he thought was a check in the mail as payment for the item, which he had not yet shipped. Officer Jerrod Hardy inspected the check and decided it was fraudulent. Lt. David Kerns said the police department has seen this scam several times, a fake check or money order overpaying for an online sale. He advised the resident not to respond to the sender and not to try to deposit the check.

Police received a report that a vehicle with three people in it had a tire come off while on Route 3 Saturday afternoon. The driver was able to safely maneuver the car onto the shoulder. A tow company reattached the wheel.

Officer Soren Sundberg issued citations to two juveniles Monday evening after reportedly finding them with marijuana behind the municipal building on Cottage Street. He took them to the police station where they were released to their parents a short time later.

Three car-deer accidents were reported this week, on Eden Street and Route 3. One resulted in disabling damage to the vehicle.

Police opened an investigation Dec. 16 following a report of identity theft. A local bank reportedly informed a resident that someone had tried to open an account in his name.

Southwest Harbor

A property owner reported Friday finding an unapproved construction project underway on his land. Officer Shawn Murphy investigated and determined that some neighborhood youngsters were in the process of building a play fort. The property owner was advised it was okay to remove the building materials.

While police interviewed a shoplifting suspect Monday, the man decided to pay for the missing item. Still, Officer Nick Hardwick Jr. issued him a warning not to return to the business for 30 days.

A resident reported Monday that a package had been stolen from her mailbox.

Tremont

A flat-bed trailer that the town claims was parked on the Flat Iron Road in violation of a town ordinance has been moved. Deputy Eric McLaughlin contacted the owner Dec. 16 in Southwest Harbor who then agreed to move the trailer to “a more reasonable location.”

A 2002 Chrysler minivan sustained damage Dec. 16 after striking a deer on the Tremont Road near the intersection with the Dow Point Road. The driver, 56-year-old Ellen Stanley, was not injured.

Mount Desert

Damage was minimal Monday when a pickup driven by a Mount Desert man lost a tire. William Renault, no age given, was traveling on Route 198 when a rear tire came off his 2004 Chevrolet. Damage is estimated at $100.

Police were called Monday to Hillside Cemetery where a resident had concerns about a newly dug hole. Lt. Kevin Edgecomb reported that the hole had been dug in preparation for installation of a headstone.

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