Break-ins reported at Frankfort town, post offices

Posted Oct. 06, 2009, at 7:12 p.m.

FRANKFORT, Maine — Burglars hit the town office and adjacent U.S. post office during the weekend, although it appears nothing of value was taken.

Waldo County Chief Deputy Robert Keating said a town official discovered the break-in at 8:45 a.m. Sunday. The town office and post office are in the same building.

Keating said investigators concluded that the burglar or burglars initially attempted to pry open the post office door and when that failed pushed a window air-conditioning unit into the room and climbed in behind it. Although there was indication that the post office was searched, nothing appeared to be missing.

Once inside the town office, the intruder attempted to break into the safe by prying off the dial but failed to get it open. While all three doors to the town office were locked when investigators arrived, it was obvious that desk drawers had been searched, though nothing appeared to be missing, Keating said Tuesday.

Detective Merl Reed and Deputy Glen Graef are investigating the break-ins. The U.S. Postal Service was notified because the break-in is a federal offense.

Keating added that the Sunday break-in was the third time in the past few weeks that people had attempted to force their way into the town office.

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