SKOWHEGAN — The Somerset County Sheriff’s Department summoned a Solon man Wednesday in connection with the removal of a sign and a disabled car meant to look like a police cruiser.

The suspect, Michael Bishop, 31, was charged with two counts of criminal mischief, a class D offense, according to a news release from the department.

The case originated when, at 11:55 p.m. Tuesday, police received a report that the disabled car’s body had been stolen from its frame, which was frozen to the ground, on U.S. Route 201 in Jackman. The car had been parked beside Jackman Trading Post for several years, painted black and white, with a mannequin seated behind the wheel so that it resembled an occupied police cruiser, police said.

The car was found later on a dirt road about three miles south of where it had been parked.

Also, at 9:22 a.m. Wednesday, the sheriff’s department received a report that a 4-foot-by-3-foot sign had been stolen at Adventure Bound, a business on U.S. 201 in Caratunk. It was found about a quarter-mile away at Caratunk’s boat landing.

After conducting interviews in the Jackman area, Deputy Joseph Jackson identified a possible suspect and the truck that might have been used to commit the crimes. Jackson and another deputy then interviewed Bishop, after which they issued him a summons.

The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible, according to the release.

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