The owners of camps in Piscataquis County are being urged to check on their properties since several break-ins have been reported to or discovered by local law enforcement officers during the past few days.
Investigator Alan Emerson of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department is investigating break-ins at nine camps on Greenwood Pond Road and Bodfish Valley Road in the Elliotsville area that occurred sometime between Thursday night and Saturday morning.
He also is investigating three break-ins on Fire Lane 5 on Piper Pond in Abbot. State police confirmed Tuesday that they are investigating two camp break-ins in the Elliotsville area and a third in Wellington.
Entry was gained inside the Elliotsville camps by either forcing open a door or by breaking a window, Emerson said.
In the Elliotsville area break-ins, Emerson said, miscellaneous change and lighters were taken. In addition, flashlights, portable radios, medicine, a chain saw and a DVD player were taken. Some of the camp owners have not arrived to check out their camps, so police are unsure what is missing from some of the buildings, he said. A few of the camps were vandalized.
Emerson said sheds in that area also were entered and gasoline was taken from three of the buildings. The gasoline apparently was poured into a vehicle because the empty cans were left behind.
Evidence was collected from some of those camp break-ins, Emerson said.
While the break-ins occurred on Greenwood Pond Road and Bodfish Valley Road, Emerson said, it appears the burglars did not touch the camps on Onawa Road, which is located between the other two roads.
A Piper Pond camp owner in Abbot reported Tuesday afternoon that his camp had been burglarized within the past two weeks. Emerson said it appeared nothing was taken from the camp. While in the area, Emerson noted that he found two more camps that had been broken into.
Greenville police, who investigated break-ins in the Beaver Cove area over the weekend, have charged two juveniles with burglary. Officials say it is too early in the investigation to determine whether there is a connection between the Beaver Cove break-ins and the Elliotsville and Abbot break-ins.