An employee arriving to work at one of the businesses located at 195 Thatcher St. in Bangor Friday morning interrupted an alleged attempt to steal catalytic converters.

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According to Bangor Police Department Sgt. Wade Betters, the employee arrived at the scene at about 5 AM and scared off two folks who the worker thought were trespassing.

"When the employee arrived, one of the men allegedly ran from behind a work truck belonging to the business. Both men quickly fled in a gray SUV but were stopped a few minutes later by responding officers. The investigation revealed that one of the catalytic converters on the work truck had been cut off, and a second one had been cut, but not fully removed. Officers recovered evidence tying both suspects to this incident."

Sgt. Betters said two Bangor men, 42-year-old Tanner Hartford and 38-year old Justin Moulton, subsequently were arrested and charged with aggravated criminal mischief, felony theft, and possession of burglars' tools.

Hartford was also charged with violating the conditions of his release, as he was out on bail at the time of the alleged offense.

The investigation is continuing. The estimated damage to the work truck is $3,200.

The address 195 Thatcher St. is the location of Bangor Truck Equipment, Johnstone Supply Bangor, and Line X.

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