June 25, 2018
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Loaded gun, cash taken in Phippsburg home burglary

By Larry Grard, Times Record

PHIPPSBURG, Maine — Police are looking for help from the public as they seek to identify the person who burglarized a Devil’s Highway residence and stole a loaded handgun Wednesday.

Police Chief John Skroski said this morning that someone made a forced entry into the single-family home, and also stole cash.

“Someone rifled through the home,” Skroski said. “Other items were not taken. It’s kind of suspicious that only certain things were grabbed.”

Skroski declined to divulge the exact address, how entry was made or the amount of cash stolen. The burglary likely happened between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday, he said.

“It’s quite possible they knew there was a handgun there,” he said. “There are a few names of potential interest.”

People living in the area of Stonybrook Road and Basin Road, which connect with Devil’s Highway, should report anything suspicious that they saw Wednesday or thereafter, the chief said.

Skroski said he saw footprints in the mud. He spent three hours processing the crime scene, and sent forensic evidence to the state crime lab in Augusta.

Anyone with helpful information should call the town office at 389-2653, Skroski said.

Meanwhile, someone who committed a felony is running around with a loaded handgun. People should secure their homes, he said.

“There’s always cause for concern,” Skroski said.

Anyone who sees something suspicious in progress should call the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office at 443-8201 or 911, Skroski said.

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