Island Police: Rental scam temporarily hampers vacation 



Southwest Harbor 

On Sept. 29, at approximately 11:30 a.m., the police department received a call regarding a scam for a rental property. A local resident reported that a resident of New York had showed up at a property she owns stating that they had rented the house through Craigslist. The house was not listed for rent by the owner. The visitor stated that he had signed a contract and sent money via bank transfer to secure the property. The visitor was advised to contact his bank, and the homeowner made arrangements to accommodate the traveler. 

The Southwest Harbor Police Department was alerted to a possible theft of services (power) by Versant Power on Sept. 28. Upon investigation, officer Burke found that the security clips had been cut and removed and the meter had been tampered with. A suspect has been identified. The case is under investigation. 

An officer responded to a theft complaint at Circle K last Tuesday. The business owner did not wish to press charges, but a person was warned for trespassing.  

On Sept. 29, the police department received a report of a truck with its tailgate down sticking into the roadway on Main Street. Contact was made with the owner of the vehicle who moved it.

A person dropped off a cell phone and reading glasses found on the Seawall Rd. at the police station on Sept. 30.  

On Sept. 30, an officer assisted with a medical call on Clark Point Road for a subject badly bleeding. The subject involved was transported by ambulance.

Dispatch received a report of an abandoned vehicle parked on private property Sept. 30. An officer was able to contact the owner who stated they would have the vehicle moved by days end.

On Sept. 30, a man came in with a needle found on Cable Crossing. The needle was disposed of. According to the department, if a needle is found, place it in a plastic bottle and bring to the police department or throw in the trash. 

 

Bar Harbor 

A variety of found items were brought to the police department this week after being found in the community. Items include a wallet, drivers license and a credit card. 

Bar Harbor police came to the rescue of a Gouldsboro woman who locked herself out of her vehicle on Sept. 28 while her vehicle was parked on Main Street.  

Aquene Diedricksen, 31, of Mount Desert, was operating a 2019 Toyota Rav 4 on the Crooked Road when she failed to negotiate a turn causing her to lose control of the vehicle. The vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. The operator was summonsed for Operating Under the Influence and was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. 

 On Sept. 29, someone brought in a wallet found into the station. A few minutes later the owner came in to pick it up.  

A Bar Harbor woman turned in a found planner and social security card that had been located at a downtown business on Sept. 29. The items were inventoried then secured in the departments lost and found. 

On Oct. 1, at approximately 5:10 p.m., William Penrod,  73, of Eldorado, Ill., was operating a 2015 Jeep Cherokee westbound on State Highway 3. In the area of the Stoney Brook Way intersection, a deer crossed in to the roadway and was struck by the Jeep. The deer died as a result of the collision; the Jeep sustained minor, front-end damage and was driven from the scene.

On Oct. 1, around 8 p.m., a subject called the Bar Harbor Police Department relaying that they left some property in a local taxi company. The taxi company later brought the item to the department for the subject to pick up. 

While on routine patrol in Bar Harbor on Oct. 2, officer Mora located litter strewn around a beach. The officer cleaned up the trash and disposed of it properly.

Bar Harbor Police Department took a report of a missing cat on the Indian Point Road on Oct. 2. The incident was referred to the Animal Control officer. 

 

Mount Desert 

A person called the Mount Desert Police Department to report a dog in a vehicle on Sept. 28. An officer responded and found that the dog was not in any distress.  

On Sept. 28, someone called to report a dog running loose. Officers were unable to locate the dog. 

A white 2013 Vespa motorcycle driven by Mark Filtranti, 59, of Topsham, was involved in a crash in Seal Harbor on Sept. 28 at about 2:30 p.m. According to the police report, Filtranti was traveling on Steamboat Wharf Road and was attempting to make a left hand turn when he lost control of the vehicle and fell from the motorcycle. The driver was transported to the hospital. The motorcycle sustained minor damage. 

On Sept. 29, a key was turned in to the Mount Desert Police Dept. It was found in the Northeast Harbor Marina area. The key was later destroyed at the owners request.