Thieves target businesses in Dover-Foxcroft area

Posted Aug. 24, 2011, at 11:39 a.m.

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — A diagnostic tool worth $13,000 was taken by burglars between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning in one of three break-ins at businesses in Dover-Foxcroft and Guilford.

The Verus diagnostic mechanic’s tool, which looks similar to a laptop, was taken from RNK Garage on Route 15 in Guilford, according to Investigator Guy Dow of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department. The front door was pried open to gain entry and once inside the burglars ransacked the office. Change was taken from a cash register, Dow said. The thieves also tried to break into a toolbox but were unsuccessful, he added.

Also on Route 15, burglars broke into Wilhite’s Auto in Dover-Foxcroft. As in the earlier break-in, a door was pried open to gain entry. Dow said the burglars smashed an inside security alarm that had activated inside the building. He said that might have deterred the burglars from ransacking the business. It appeared nothing was taken, according to Dow.

Harvey Farm Equipment on Route 15 in Dover-Foxcroft also was entered during the night, according to Dover-Foxcroft police Officer Todd Lyford. He said a “few hundred dollars” was taken from a drawer but it appeared nothing else was stolen in the break-in — the owner is taking an inventory and that may reveal otherwise, Lyford said.

The sheriff’s department also is investigating the theft of copper from three unoccupied homes in Sangerville, two on School Street and the other on Route 23. In each home, thieves cut the water lines to remove pipes.

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