LINCOLN, Maine — A burglary to an Enfield Road home in which jewelry and loose change were stolen is the 12th the town has suffered since early June, Police Chief Scott Minckler said Friday.
The burglary reported late Wednesday afternoon in the 300 block of Enfield Road, in which jewelry and loose change were stolen after a screen door was cut open, fits the pattern of quick-hit break-ins in which the thief or thieves are looking for items that can quickly produce cash, Minckler said.
“It appears to be the same MO [modus operandi], along the same lines, as a lot of the others,” Minckler said Friday.
The homeowners left for work in the morning and came home and discovered the damaged screen door, which apparently the thief or thieves used to get into the home, Minckler said.
Another home was broken into Sunday and small items, including loose change, were taken.
Police again warned residents to lock their homes and vehicles and to report any suspicious activity by calling 794-8455. All calls will be kept confidential, police said. Crimes or other emergencies should be reported by calling 911.
Previous appeals for public help have generated little response, Minckler said, adding to the difficulty investigators face in attempting to prevent crime or catch criminals.
Mike’s Auto Repair on River Road and Ramsay Welding & Machine Inc. on Enfield Road are among four businesses and homes burglars apparently hit from July 1 to 3, Minckler said.
The July burglaries join a half-dozen break-ins or attempted break-ins, in which more than $2,000 worth of items were stolen in early June.
The Ballard Hill Community Center on Pleasant Street, Lincoln Trading & Pawn at 29 West Broadway, several vehicles parked downtown and an Evergreen Drive home were burglarized or targeted last month, police have said. Nintendo Wii video game consoles and games, loose change, small appliances and some prescription drugs were stolen.
Police have returned a Nintendo Wii console and several other stolen items to the town’s recreation department. He said he did not know how police acquired them. Replacement of the other stolen items awaits an insurance settlement, he said.
Police are following several leads, Minckler said. The burglaries have some similarities. In most cases, items were easily taken and doors and windows were unlocked or forced open.
Mike’s Auto owner Mike Tompkins found his business’s back door pushed in and $476 stolen when he came to work on July 1.
The total amount of money or value of items stolen in all of the crimes was not available Friday.
The business owners have urged that residents or passers-by do everything possible to help police solve the crimes, such as quickly reporting people hanging out around businesses at night, when most of the burglaries appear to have occurred.
Investigators had hoped to generate some new leads or arrests from an Old Town case in which four suspects have been identified in connection with nearly 90 vehicle burglaries, but nothing helpful to Lincoln police seems to be coming from that investigation, Minckler said.
The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office is assisting police.