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Police: Man bugged mother's phone

Police have arrested a Lincoln man on suspicion that he bugged his 90-year-old mother’s phone.

Richard Stamler, 59, was arrested Thursday night for unlawful interception of communications, a felony, Lincoln Police Officer Katie Flood said.

Stamler’s sister called police March 28 to say she found a recording device in the basement of her mother’s home that had been connected to the phone line, Flood said.

The woman played the tape, Flood said, and recognized her brother’s voice reciting date information. The device was set to record any time someone in the house picked up a phone.

A rambling letter written by Stamler to his sister demands documentation of his mother’s savings and threatens the sister with legal repercussions if she stands between him and his mother.

A copy of the letter is included in domestic abuse protection order requests filed early this week by both women against Stamler. The requests were denied because the allegations against Stamler didn’t meet the statutory requirements.

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