Burglars strike at least six vehicles during storm in Lincoln

Posted Dec. 10, 2009, at 9:35 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:08 p.m.

LINCOLN, Maine — Police were warning residents to lock their vehicles after at least six cars were burglarized early Thursday by a thief or thieves apparently pocketing compact discs, satellite radio systems, loose change and other easy-to-grab items.

As of noon, six cars had been reported burglarized between Fleming and Lee streets, probably between midnight and 3 a.m., Officer Jeff Rice said.

“Most of them happened on Fleming Street, and they worked their way up to Clay [Street], and then they hit a couple on Lee Street and just that general area,” Rice said Thursday.

The burglaries occurred during heavy snowfall and low visibility, but the burglar or burglars left tracks in the snow around the vehicles that eventually led into the street and disappeared, Rice said.

The targeted vehicles were unlocked, a common problem for police in an area generally regarded as quite safe.

“You could see [in the snow] where they would check locked vehicles,” Rice said. “You could see where they rifled through glove boxes, but it was all really quick.”

Rice and Officer Glenn Graef have identified some suspects. They ask anyone who has been burglarized or has information about the burglaries to contact them at 794-8455. All calls will be kept confidential.

As part of efforts to make downtown safer, town workers, police and utility crews have installed surveillance cameras on Main Street. They are working this week to finish wiring them by the town computer system at the public library to a computer terminal in the Lincoln Public Safety building. The terminal will allow police to review surveillance videotape.

That work should be finished in a few days, town officials said.

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