Island Police: Thefts from cars on upswing

BAR HARBOR — Police received a report Nov. 5 of a purse being taken from an unlocked car parked at Grant Park. Police are investigating an uptick in reports of items such as wallets being taken from vehicles this fall. Sgt. David Kerns reminds all drivers of the following advice: “Please lock your vehicles, and don’t leave valuables or wallets in a vacant vehicle.”

A substantiated disorderly house notice will be issued to the owner of a residence at 30 Cottage Street after police responded to a report Monday of fireworks being shot off a back deck. A man at the scene was warned for violating the town’s ordinance prohibiting the use of fireworks. Bottle rockets were fired in that vicinity Saturday morning during the chamber of commerce bed races.

Cody Austin, 21, of Bar Harbor was arrested for violating the conditions of his release Friday after police responded to a noise complaint in the area of Lupine Way.

A small fire at Randy Sprague Heating and Plumbing on Route 102 in Town Hill was contained inside a storage-workshop building on Nov. 6. An investigation showed that the fire likely started in a compressor motor and spread to plastic cases, tools and some loose boards that were nearby. The owner of the business extinguished the fire with buckets and a hose prior to firefighters’ arrival, according to reports. The owner reportedly suffered singed hair and slight facial burns, but declined transport to the hospital.

Firefighters responded Saturday to a Zion Lane residence where there was a report of a possible dryer fire. They discovered that the furnace at the residence had malfunctioned and emitted soot and smoke out of a wall vent. Power to the furnace was turned off, and a friend of the owner contacted.

Police responded Nov. 4 to a report of a power pole on Crooked Road that had snapped under its own weight and fallen across the road near the intersection of Fern Meadow Drive. The road was closed, and Emera Maine was contacted about the issue.

Officer Larry Fickett disposed of a hypodermic needle found on Barberry Lane on Nov. 4.

Police are investigating a report Friday of an attempted break-in at a Main Street gift shop.

Emergency responders were dispatched Sunday to a Maple Avenue residence, where they located a woman in a closed garage with a motorcycle running. Police took the woman to Mount Desert Island Hospital for an evaluation.

Officer Tim Frost on Nov. 5 responded to a report of an individual directing traffic on Newport Drive. Frost found that the person appeared to be suffering from some type of mental health condition.

Officer Soren Sundberg assisted with removal of a male from a Woodbury Road residence on Friday.

Two Knox Road mailboxes were reported damaged Saturday.

Mount Desert

Several windows were broken Nov. 4 at a residence in Somesville. Officer Ken Mitchell investigated and found the homeowner had smashed the glass during a domestic argument. No one was charged in the incident.

It turns out a Nov. 5 report of something floating in Northeast Harbor wasn’t floating at all. Officer Leigh Guildford discovered the object was a rock ledge.

Southwest Harbor

A small packet turned in to police Tuesday ended up not containing illegal drugs as first suspected.

The woman who brought the packet to the station said she found it in a parking lot and thought it contained heroin or another drug. Officer Nick Hardwick determined that the bag was empty and contained no traces of an illegal substance.

A man driving Saturday on Main Street reportedly stopped, got out of his vehicle and screamed an obscenity at a woman before driving off.


Deputy Shane Campbell responded Sunday to a disagreement between neighbors. According to the deputy, they were at odds about one neighbor filming the other riding a lawnmower on the roadway.

On Friday, a resident reported finding an abandoned vehicle in his yard. The vehicle was gone by the time a sheriff’s deputy arrived to investigate.

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