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Suspect sought in theft of packages from chamber office in Madawaska

MADAWASKA, Maine — The thief who stole two packages that UPS delivered to the St. John Valley Chamber of Commerce in Madawaska on March 13 and March 26 was likely disappointed by the contents of the packages when opened, according to Chamber Director Brian Bouley.

“The joke’s on them,” Bouley said on Tuesday.

One of the packages that was taken after a delivery driver left it by the front door of the building contained informational booklets from the Innkeepers Association of Maine.

“We keep them here as a courtesy for that association,” Bouley said. The association sent a replacement box of the booklets to the chamber upon learning they were stolen.

The other package, also stolen from the doorstep, contained custom made postcards to solicit people to join the chamber.

“The printer replaced them for free,” Bouley said of the postcards.

While the items were of value to the chamber, they have “absolutely no resale value to anyone else,” he indicated in a post on the St. John Valley Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

The director, however, added that chamber members and everybody else in the area should take precautions when ordering packages to be delivered.

“We recommend that you tell anyone who you are having your boxes delivered from to require a signature and not just drop the box off,” Bouley wrote in the Facebook post.

Madawaska Police Chief Ross Dubois said Wednesday that officers are investigating the thefts, and that the department has not received reports of any other packages being stolen in town recently.

Anyone with information about the stolen packages should call the Madawaska Police Department at (207) 728-6356.

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