Residential Burglaries

8/17/2013 - Portland Police Department
109 Middle Street
Portland, Maine 04101
CONTACT: Lt. James Sweatt, phone (207) 874-8604


August 16, 2013

Residential Burglaries

The Portland Police would like to alert the community to recent residential burglaries in the Munjoy Hill area and the residential corridor on Forest Avenue from Morrill’s Corner to Riverside Street. The trends and statistics indicate the burglars may return to the same neighborhoods where the suspects were successful.

The burglars have entered the locations through unlocked doors or have cut screens on open windows. Common items stolen in these burglaries have been laptop computers, computer tablets, cash, jewelry, medications and firearms. Apple products have been very popular items that burglars have targeted.

The burglaries have been occurring all hours of the day and night. In some instances residents were home during the burglaries.

Residents are encouraged to lock all their doors and windows when they leave their home. Securing valuables and keeping detailed lists of serial numbers of electronics is recommended. Frequently these items are sold and recovery is difficult when no serial numbers or unique markings are available.

The police department has increased patrols in these various areas. Residents are encouraged to contact the police when they witness unusual behavior or subjects in their neighborhood.

One resident confronted a potential suspect who has been described as a white male with black jeans, black sneakers, black back pack, dark hair, about 6'00" tall with scruffy facial hair.

The following streets have had recent burglaries; Melbourne St., The Munjoy South complex, Hammond St., Vesper St, Morning St, Glengarden Dr., 240 Harvard St., Harris Ave, Newton St. Goodridge Ave, Plymouth St., Harmony St. and Palmer Ave. More specific crime mapping can be viewed at

To provide information anonymously, community members may contact us by text, internet, or phone.

Mobile phone users can text the keyword “GOTCHA” plus their message to 274637 (CRIMES).
Submit tips by going to the Portland Police Department website: and clicking "Submit an Anonymous Crime Tip.”

Anonymous phone tips can be left on the Department’s Crime Tip line: 207-874-8533.