Clinic burglars take syringes, needles

Posted Aug. 13, 2009, at 8:31 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:11 p.m.

GUILFORD, Maine — Thieves broke into two adjacent medical clinics on Riverside Terrace on Wednesday night and stole about 200 syringes and up to 100 needles, according to police.

The break-in was considered brazen because Piscataquis County Sheriff John Goggin lives across the street from the building that houses the clinics.

The building, which is owned by the town, is leased to Guilford Family Medical Practice and to Northwoods Healthcare. Each operates from a wing in the building, which is divided by a shared waiting room. Guilford Family Medical Practice is affiliated with Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft, while Northwoods Healthcare is affiliated with the Charles A. Dean Memorial Hospital in Greenville.

An air-conditioning unit was removed to gain entry into the building, according to Lt. Robert Young of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department. Young said entry was gained on the south side of the building, which is out of sight from Goggin’s home.

Young said the burglars broke into both practices, where they took the syringes and packages of needles. No drugs appeared to be missing, he said.

Anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity at the medical building on Wednesday night is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Department at 564-3304.

The same night, thieves broke into the second floor of Harris Drug Store in Greenville. Greenville police Sgt. Jeff Pomerleau said the thieves had to have climbed on a vehicle to gain access to the second story, where a window was pried open. The second floor contained a vacant apartment and office space for the store. It does not appear that entry was gained into the downstairs store, Pomerleau said. The owners are unsure what, if anything, was taken during the break-in, pending an inventory.

Anyone who may have information about the Greenville break-in should call Greenville police at 695-3835.

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