Police seek help finding alleged millstone thief

By Tanya Mitchell | Jun 19, 2012
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Belfast — Police are looking for information that may lead to the apprehension of an individual who apparently stole a millstone that was displayed outside a downtown business sometime during the overnight hours of Friday, June 1, and Saturday, June 2.

Belfast Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham said the owners of Old Stuff, a business located on Main Street across from Post Office Square, called police on the morning of June 2 to report the stone stolen. The stone is described as being about five inches thick and 16 inches around with a square hole.

"It's the kind of stone you'd use to sharpen utensils on," said Cunningham.

Since the business is within sight of the police station, Cunningham was able to review surveillance footage from cameras that are directed at the location of the store. After reviewing the tapes, Cunningham said he noticed an unknown subject approach the business on foot at 9:14 a.m. June 2, move a flower pot that was resting on top of the stone and then take the stone itself. The subject then walked up Main Street and carried the stone out of the cameras' view.

Cunningham said the distance between the cameras and the person of interest was too great to provide a positive identification, and that the video will need to be enhanced before police can get a better view of the person who was caught on film.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police at 338-2420 and ask for Cunningham or Officer Brian Lunt.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Thomas Carter | Jun 19, 2012 17:26

A millstone is typically a very large stone used to grind grain. A grindstone is used to sharpen tools, and is much smaller than a millstone.



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