Police investigating pair of break-ins at Waldo County nonprofit

Posted Jan. 03, 2013, at 5:45 p.m.

UNITY, Maine — A Waldo County nonprofit agency has been broken into twice in the last week, with thieves stealing about $100 in cash in addition to breaking equipment.

Staff alerted police on Dec. 31 that the door of the Unity Barn Raisers office on school street had been forced open, according to Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office.

Responding officers found that someone had rummaged through cabinets, files and desks until they located the petty cash drawer and cleaned it out.

They also knocked over a computer monitor, breaking it, Trafton said.

Police took evidence at the scene, including some DNA evidence, and have sent it away to be processed.

On Wednesday, staff reported that the office had been broken into again, according to the chief deputy.

“Entry was made exactly the same way,” he said, adding that officials believe the same person came back for more. “The suspect went straight to the petty cash box, but the second time didn’t get anything.”

The Unity Barn Raisers is a nonprofit organization that seeks to promote downtown vitality, rural vitality and community health and wellness in the Unity area.

Trafton said if anyone saw anything suspicious or knows anything about the break-ins, they should call police at 338-2040.

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