ATKINSON, Maine — Police hope physical evidence left behind will tie some Atkinson burglaries together and lead to an arrest.
Two camps were broken in to around May 14 on Levansellar Road, according to investigator Guy Dow of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department. Dow said doors were forced in at each camp to gain entry.
Miscellaneous metals and tools were taken from one of the camps. In addition, the thief cut a gas line to the camp and took the attached copper pipe. The camp also was ransacked.
A second camp and some outbuildings were entered after a lock was cut on a gate. A .22-caliber rifle and 12-gauge shotgun, a Honda generator, tool box, a television, a table saw, miscellaneous metal and a car battery used to start a generator were stolen, Dow said. The thief also cut and removed the wiring from gas lamps, he said.
On Pleasant Pond Road in Orneville earlier this month, thieves cut the copper pipe from a propane tank and pulled the pipe from underground and took it, according to Dow. They also pulled the well pump and cut and removed the wires to it.
In addition, two Department of Transportation job sites in Atkinson have been broken into since Thursday. Investigator Jamie Kane said DOT is working on two bridge projects about three miles apart. The thieves cut a lock to gain entry into the two locations where they took chains and come-alongs.