Kennebunk girl comes home from school to find back door kicked open

By Laura Dolce, York County Coast Star
Posted March 19, 2013, at 2:17 p.m.

KENNEBUNK, Maine — Police said they received word of a home break-in Monday afternoon when a girl returning home from school found the back door on the family’s Balsam Lane home kicked open.

The girl then ran to a neighbor’s house and police were called, according to Lt. Tony Bean Burpee.

Bean Burpee said officers searched the home but found no one inside, though it appears that whoever broke into the home stole some of the family’s jewelry.

“Tire impressions found in the driveway are believed to belong to a possible suspect vehicle, as they don’t appear to match the tires on the vehicles belonging to the homeowners,” he said. “A neighborhood canvas was completed by officers; however, no one reported having either been home during the day or having seen anything suspicious in the area.”

Bean Burpee said officers canvassing the neighborhood failed to turn up any other break-ins, and that it appears Monday’s was an isolated incident.

While the department has reported three burglaries in the last few weeks, Bean Burpee said the Balsam Lane break-in is not believed to be linked to the March 4 break-ins on Fletcher Street and Oakwood Lane. A Kennebunk juvenile was charged in that case.

Bean Burpee said the department has received several calls about suspicious people going door-to-door selling meat in the area, and while that wasn’t the case with Monday’s break-in, he encouraged residents to remain vigilant and report suspicious behavior.

“In general, many agencies suspect meat sellers and door-to-door yard work/tree service individuals of casing homes during the day and then burglarizing them should they discover no one to be home,” Bean Burpee said. “Such businesses tend to attract the unsavory type employees with prior criminal history.”

Anyone with information on Monday’s Balsam Lane break-in can call the Kennebunk Police Department at 985-6121.

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