POLICE BEAT

Linneus home burglarized while wife was attending husband’s funeral

Posted Oct. 05, 2011, at 12:16 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 05, 2011, at 1:58 p.m.

LINNEUS, Maine — Police are asking for the public’s help in solving a burglary that happened at a local home while the wife and other family members were attending her husband’s funeral.

One or more burglars rummaged through the Linneus residence and stole several items during the afternoon on Oct. 3, while Barbara McGuire and other family members were attending her husband and local businessman Darrell McGuire’s funeral, according to Sgt. Brian L. Harris of the Maine State Police.

“It just boggles my mind that anyone would do that,” Barbara McGuire said Wednesday.

Her son Doug McGuire said the funeral service was at 1 p.m. at the Houlton Wesleyan Church and that family members attended a luncheon reception at the church afterward. The family noticed the burglary within about 10 minutes of returning home on the New Limerick Road in Linneus shortly before 5 p.m.

The thief, or thieves, took small items such as jewelry, guns and prescription medications among other items, he said.

“It makes me so angry, I have a hard time talking about it,” Doug McGuire said.

Trooper Dennis Quint and Det. Darrin Crane of the MSP Evidence Response Team gathered evidence at the scene and continue to investigate, Harris said in a press release issued Wednesday.

Anyone who saw suspicious people or vehicles in the area of New Limerick Road on the afternoon of Oct. 3 is urged to contact the Maine State Police at 532-5400.

The McGuire family has offered a $5,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and prosecution of whoever was involved in this crime.

Darrell McGuire was 78 when he died at home on Sept. 29. He established Darrell McGuire and Sons, a logging contractor operation in Linneus, and DBJ McGuire, a truck garage in Houlton, both of which are still run by family members.

Linneus is a community of about 800 residents located just southwest of Houlton in Aroostook County.

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