Police recover backpack containing stolen handgun

FRYEBURG — Fryeburg Police are seeking the public’s help after recovering a backpack containing a stolen handgun.

On Tuesday afternoon, Fryeburg Police officers recovered a backpack from behind ELA Sheet Metal off of Jockey Cap Lane. The backpack contained the following items: a loaded .22 caliber handgun, extra ammo, gloves, sneakers, sunglasses, ski mask, hat and bandanna.

Working closely with Oxford County Sheriff’s deputies, FPD officers have revealed that the weapon was reported stolen from a residence in Brownfield.

“These are items commonly used by those who commit armed robberies. We have notified the immediate surrounding businesses and are asking employees to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity,” said Acting Fryeburg Chief of Police Joshua Potvin. “The location of this discovery is in close proximity to the Molly Ockett Middle School and Fryeburg’s Recreational Complex. I’m pleased we were able to secure the weapon prior to it being discovered by a curious child

Anyone who may have information about this incident are encouraged to call the Fryeburg Police Department at 935-3323.

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