Pittsfield police investigating rash of burglaries

Posted June 08, 2011, at 1:14 p.m.
Last modified June 08, 2011, at 6:21 p.m.

PITTSFIELD, Maine —  Police are investigating a string of at least 18 burglaries that culminated Tuesday night with a break-in at Maine Central Institute.

Police Chief Steve Emery said Wednesday that 17 cars in the Main Street area of Pittsfield have been burglarized in the past two days with items stolen ranging from CDs to loose change to GPS devices. Every vehicle that was burglarized was unlocked, said Emery, and the stolen items were left in plain sight.

Maine Central Institute’s Founder’s Hall, which is located amid the reported locations of burglarized vehicles, was broken into Tuesday night, said Emery. At least two laptop computers, a desktop computer and some Blackberry smartphone devices were stolen. Emery was reluctant to provide many details because the investigation is ongoing.

“We’re still getting reports,” he said Wednesday. “We think they’re all related because they’ve all been in the same neighborhood and at the same time.”

Emery said his department is working some strong leads and he expects arrests soon.

“We know who’s doing it,” said Emery. “They’re locals.”

Anyone with information about the burglaries should call Pittsfield Police Department at 487-3101.

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