POLICE BEAT

Seven Old Town businesses report recent break-ins

Posted Nov. 28, 2011, at 2:42 p.m.

OLD TOWN, Maine — K-B Corp., a local trucking company, became the latest business victimized in a string of commercial break-ins and thefts to occur in town since the end of October, Old Town police Detective Thomas Adams said Monday.

The burglars took laptops from K-B Corp. sometime over the weekend. “They took a torch to the candy machine,” causing about $4,000 in damage, the detective said.

Employees called to report the crime Monday morning after arriving at work, Adams said.

A total of seven businesses recently have been burglarized — Dairy Queen, RJ Morin Inc., General Rental Center, Bruce’s Tractor Sales, Sullivan & Merritt Corp., the Old Town Housing Authority and K-B Corp.

“Right now we believe they may be related” to other break-ins in nearby communities, Adams said, adding that he is working with more than one law enforcement partner.

“We’re starting to blow [the investigation] right open,” the detective said.

Investigators with Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office are investigating several burglaries in Bradley, four that were reported last Wednesday, but are releasing no information about the ongoing investigation, Sgt. William Birch said Sunday.

The value of the items stolen in Old Town and the estimated damage to the small, local businesses exceed $17,000, which makes the crimes a felony, Adams said.

“Cash, laptops, electric devices” are among the items taken, the detective said. “One had copper pipe stolen.”

The criminals broke windows to get into most of the businesses, but were able to get into at least one through an unlocked window, Adams said.

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