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Milford man arrested in connection with pawn shop gun thefts

BANGOR, Maine — Bangor Police Department detectives have arrested a 39-year-old Milford man in connection with the recent burglary and theft of firearms from J.G. Pawn Shop in Bangor.

Travis Stinson is charged with one count each of burglary and theft in the Oct. 12 break-in at the pawn shop, which is located at 99 Center St., according to a complaint filed Monday at the Penobscot Judicial Center.

Bail was set at $10,000 cash when Stinson, who was arrested without incident on Friday in Bangor, made his first court appearance Monday.

Stinson remained Monday at the Penobscot County Jail unable to post bail.

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He is also a suspect in a Sept. 30 burglary and theft at the same shop, Sgt. Tim Cotton said Monday in a news release.

Five handguns were stolen in the Sept. 30 burglary and another 16 were stolen in the Oct. 12 burglary, Cotton said.

Police did not say Monday whether the firearms have been recovered or not. The affidavit also did not mention that the guns had been found.

Stinson is also a suspect in another recent commercial burglary in the city and that investigation is ongoing, Cotton said.

In what may be a related investigation, the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a series of residential burglaries on the weekend of Oct. 1 to 2, when 20 firearms were taken, according to the affidavit filed Monday.

Police were familiar with Stinson because he has acted as a confidential informant in previous cases, the affidavit said. Stinson previously told investigators that drug dealers from out of state “were taking stolen firearms in exchange for drugs and then sending them out of state to street gangs in Boston, New York and Connecticut.”

Stinson was charged after police obtained a warrant for the text messages on his phone, the affidavit said. The texts showed that Stinson and an accomplice, who has not been charged, discussed between about 1:30 and 2:55 a.m. on Oct. 12 what police believe to be the pawn shop burglary about 3:20 a.m. that same day.

A reward that police offered for information leading to an arrest in the case was not claimed because the investigation came together without the need to issue it, Cotton said.

If convicted, Stinson faces up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine on the theft charge. On the burglary charge, he faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 if convicted.


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