WINDHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Windham Police Department is asking for the public's help in finding suspects in a copper theft from a vacant home.
Windham police and fire departments were called to a home at 137 Brand Rd. Saturday morning around 9:30 for the report of a propane leak.
Part of the road was shut down as firefighters worked to control the leak, air out the home, and remove the dangerous propane gas from the building. No one was injured in the incident and the leak was controlled in thirty minutes.
After investigating, police determined the home was vacant and was subject to a burglary in which copper heating pipes had been cut and removed from the home. During the course of the burglary, police said the perpetrators severed a propane line which filled the building with explosive gas. The suspects fled the scene and left some of their tools and several lengths of harvest copper behind.
Police believe the copper theft took place over a period of several days. Witnesses have identified two vehicles seen in the area that are possibly connected to the burglary.
One car is described as a silver minivan operated by a blonde female in her twenties.
The second car is described as a dark colored SUV that is possibly an older model Jeep.
Police said one of the cars may have a broken rear side or rear window and possibly a missing or broken door mirror.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Windham Police Officer Ernest MacVane at 207-892-1919, ext. 4420.