June 18, 2018
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Several car break-ins reported in Machias

By Diana Graettinger

MACHIAS, Maine — A woman who locked her car, but forget to close a rear window found many of her belongings, including a laptop, strewn across the lawn Wednesday morning of the Water Street residence she was visiting Tuesday evening.

The woman said the car break-in happened sometime between 12:30 and 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The night before, she explained, she had packed her car for her return trip home, locked it, but accidentally left a rear window partially open.

When she found all of her personal belongings on the ground the next morning, she called police.

Chief Grady Dwelley confirmed Wednesday that police have suspects. “It is just a matter of rounding them up and talking to them,” he said.

Four vehicles have been broken into since Monday, the chief said. The break-ins have all been within a half-mile of each other and appear to be confined to the northwest side of town, he added.

“Officer Richard Strout said it was the third complaint they had received that morning,” the woman said.

“I think one was at the nursing home, the other was on Court Street. They were just wandering around,” she said of the suspects.

“They took everything out of my wallet, but left it there. They left my debit cards, my checkbook, all they took was the cash and a camera.” She estimated that they stole around $130 in cash. She said she left her purse in the car because she was leaving in the morning — besides, she thought, the car was locked.

The woman said that Strout called her Wednesday afternoon to ask for a more thorough description of the camera that was stolen. “He said he checked with a store in Machias where people pawn things and said it was not there,” she said.

Dwelley said there did not appear to be any consistent method of entry or target. “I am not sure they are looking for anything specific when they do it,” he said. He believes the suspects were looking for money. Some of the cars were locked while others were not, he added.

If anyone has had their car broken into or if they have seen anything suspicious they are asked to call police at 255-8558.

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