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Outrage over news of stolen snowblowers

PORTLAND (WGME) -- It's an ice cold crime. More than half a dozen snowblowers have been stolen in Cumberland County, and some homeowners say, they're not taking any chances. Francis Brown relies on his snowblower to get through the long, cold winter.  "Especially this one, because we've had more than an abundance of snow," said Brown.  It's way too much snow for Albert Methot, 80, to shovel himself.  "Thank God for the snowblower," said Methot. "If I didn't have that, you'd probably have been burying me last week."  Neither man can imagine someone stealing their precious tool.

 "It's terrible," said Methot. But according to police, it's exactly what happened to one of Methot's neighbors on Hodgins Street, and three others in Portland's Deering neighborhood. "They're not stupid. They're doing it for a purpose," said Brown. It's not just Portland. The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office is investigating two snowblower thefts, and police in Windham are looking into three cases. Methot said as soon as he heard about the string of crimes, he put his snowblower in his garage. Brown said he usually locks his up, and will continue to do so.  "I'm not going to be a victim of those guys," said Brown.

 Police said homeowners should write down the make, model, and serial number of their snowblower, and most importantly, not leave it out in a driveway or front yard.