Help sought in Bridgewater burglary probe

Posted March 24, 2010, at 9:20 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:32 a.m.

BRIDGEWATER, Maine — Investigators are seeking the public’s help in apprehending those behind a Bridgewater burglary that led to the loss of thousands of dollars worth of tools and equipment from a local business.

The Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department has listed the incident as the Aroostook County Crime Stoppers Crime of the Month.

Sgt. Shawn Van Tasel of the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department said the burglary at Bradbury Barrel Co. happened sometime between Nov. 13 and Nov. 15, 2009.

According to Van Tasel, sometime between the afternoon of Nov. 13 and the morning of Nov. 15, one or more people forced their way into the building at 20 Station Road through a rear entrance.

The door, according to Van Tasel, was only secured with a small latch that was not very strong. The other doors of the facility were locked and were not tampered with.

Once inside, the perpetrator or perpetrators stole a large amount of tools and equipment from the building.

An employee who entered the facility on the morning of Nov. 15 noticed that some tools were missing, but he thought they had been moved or misplaced.

Later, the crew realized a large amount of tools had been stolen. Some of the stolen tools included several toolboxes with hand tools, two black and red jigsaws, more than 100 drill bits, a circular saw, a router and various other tools and equipment, amounting to several thousands worth of dollars, according to Van Tasel.

Maine State Police are investigating the incident.

Police are urging anyone with information on the crime to notify Crime Stoppers.

Crime Stoppers is a nonprofit organization that helps law enforcement officers solve crimes and encourages residents to be involved in reducing crime in the region.

Anyone with information on the case or any other crime is asked to call Aroostook County Crime Stoppers at 800-638-8477. Callers do not have to identify themselves by name.

Anyone providing information this month that leads to a grand jury indictment on the theft is eligible for a $1,000 reward.

Crime Stoppers also will pay for information on other felony crimes.

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