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Police Reports: A Rash of Burglaries

Four burglaries were reported in town recently, three after power outages from Saturday's snowstorm. Officers responded to hundreds of storm-related calls.

Police Reports: A Rash of Burglaries

A Rash of Burglaries

Power outages from Saturday's snowstorm disabled alarm systems and some residents decided to leave their homes to stay with family and friends who still had power. Burglars took advantage of the situation.

Police officers responded to a burglary on Monday and two more on Tuesday.

A resident on Old Tannery Road came home at 5:35 p.m. Monday after having left because of the power outage. Police said the front door was unsecured and jewelry had been stolen from a bedroom.

At noon on Tuesday, a Moose Hill Road resident came home to see a burglary in progress.

Police said an old model blue station wagon was in the driveway and a heavy-set white male in his 40s with salt and pepper hair and a mustache ran out of the house and fled the scene, heading south on Moose Hill Road.

Another burglary was reported on the 200 block of Wheeler Road at 4:36 p.m. on Tuesday. Police said the victim arrived home to see his cat outside and after going into the house, found that a kitchen window was open.

Police said the window had been left unsecured to allow an extension cord to reach a generator outside.

The house was ransacked and jewelry and a laptop computer were stolen, according to the report.

Prior to the three recent burglaries, police said another had been reported on Osborn Lane at 9:02 Saturday morning — before the storm arrived.

A $600 generator and a chainsaw were reported stolen from a shed in the victim's backyard.

Hundreds of Calls

From noon on Saturday to Sunday night, police said officers received 305 service calls related to the snowstorm and responded to 23 motor vehicle accidents caused by slippery conditions and falling debris.

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