Thieves made off with about $2,500 in bottles and cans from Belfast redemption center

Posted July 09, 2013, at 7:10 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — Thieves apparently struck a Belfast redemption center over the weekend, breaking a door to get in and stealing 50 giant plastic bags stuffed with bottles and cans.

The unwieldy haul of purloined property from the Little River Redemption Center is worth about $2,500 in nickels and dimes, according to Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham of the Belfast Police Department.

Cunningham said Tuesday that the break-in was discovered Monday morning and that it is unclear when it took place. The business closed at 4 p.m. Saturday and did not reopen until Monday.

Cunningham said that police have notified other redemption centers in the region to ask for their help in solving the crime. He would also like to know if anybody saw anything suspicious that might be relevant to the burglary and theft. That many bags of bottles and cans would not fit in the back of a pickup truck, he said, so if neighbors saw a truck making return visits or a larger vehicle in the area, that might be useful in the investigation.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Belfast Police Department at 338-2040.

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