Home burglaries on the rise in South Berwick

Posted Jan. 04, 2012, at 10:32 a.m.

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — Two more burglaries have been reported in South Berwick, bringing to four the number in the month of December.

The first new incident was reported on Dec. 26, but is believed to have occurred between Dec. 17 and Dec. 24, on Emery’s Bridge Road. During this burglary, a flat screen television was stolen using forced entry into the home.

The second incident was reported on Dec. 27, but is believed to have occurred between Dec. 24 and Dec. 26. on Mountain Road. According to the resident who reported the theft, no forced entry was used to steal various power tools, one mountain bike and one road bike from the home’s detached garage and work shop.

According to South Berwick Police Lt. Chris Burbank, it is believed the two recent burglaries are connected to the two previous thefts in town as well as other incidents in neighboring communities of North Berwick, Berwick and Rochester, among others.

Last week, Berwick Detective Bill Russell confirmed several burglaries in his town in the month of December, but declined to give further details on the incidents until a suspect or suspects had been apprehended. On Thursday Russell said he was meeting with the above mentioned departments to discuss the incidents in each town and their connection to each other.

Lt. Burbank said a pattern has started to develop in the incidents. Typically, the homes burglarized are in rural neighbors and are usually set back from the main road or well-populated areas. Burbank said suspects may try the “knock and talk,” where a stranger will approach a home and ask for an individual or ask to perform a service for the resident, such as taking away scrap metal. Burbank urges residents to report any suspicious activity to include seeing strange cars in their neighborhood or strange individuals approaching their home or looking around their property. Burbank said in some cases, residents or neighbors have seen a car pulling into a driveway to check if there are people home.

Burbank urged residents to report details about the individual, a vehicle and direction of travel.

The first burglary incident occurred on Dec. 17 on Thurrell Road and involved the theft of construction tools and recently purchased items from Walmart. The burglary appears to have occurred during the day. It was undetermined whether the burglary was committed using forced entry into the home.

The second incident occurred on Dec. 19 on Earls Road. That incident involved the theft of a flat screen television and a musical instrument. This burglary is also believed to have occurred during the day with forced entry.

Anyone who witnesses suspicious activity or has information is asked to contact the South Berwick Police Department at 207-384-2254.

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© 2012 the Foster’s Daily Democrat

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