June 18, 2018
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Police investigating series of burglaries on midcoast

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

BELFAST, Maine — Midcoast police officers are working together to try to solve a series of burglaries that have affected at least three different Waldo County communities.

Chief Dick LaHaye of the Searsport Police Department warned residents to be careful and to protect their possessions. He did not specify where in town the burglaries occurred, what exactly was taken or the total dollar value of the purloined goods.

“But we’re not talking a few hundred dollars,” he said Wednesday.

Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham of the Belfast Police Department, who met Wednesday morning to strategize with LaHaye and Lincolnville Police Chief Ron Young, said Belfast had a similar burglary in July. Jewelry was taken in that instance, he said.

“We’re just trying to put the dots together,” Cunningham said.

LaHaye said police were looking for links in the burglaries but did not want to share any details with the public at this point that might impede the investigations.

“We want the public to be vigilant,” he said. “I don’t think people should necessarily panic — but I think they should take care of their property. It’s not the same society today as it was 15 years ago. People do break into homes to steal drugs. People do break into homes to steal jewelry to buy drugs.”

If residents see anything suspicious, they are contact the Searsport Police Department at 548-2304 or Waldo County Dispatch at 338-2040.

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