May 25, 2010

Police probe 13 self-storage break-ins

Kennebec Journal Staff

AUGUSTA — Police are investigating more than a dozen burglary complaints at a self-storage facility.

Augusta police Sgt. Matthew Clark said burglaries of at least 13 individual units occurred at a Leighton Road facility May 18-21.

Police first learned of the break-ins Friday. “We’re still following up,” Clark said. “There may be more.”

Augusta police are working with Winthrop police and Maine State Police, all of which are investigating burglaries at local self-storage facilities within the same time frame, Clark said.

The Sun Journal of Lewiston reported Monday that 13 storage units were burglarized on Peck Farm Road in Winthrop.

Clark said investigators are trying to determine if the burglaries are connected.

Clark said all of the burglarized units were locked. He declined to specify the types of items stolen or estimate the value of the missing items.

He also declined to say whether police were able to collect surveillance video as part of the investigation.

“We have some leads we need to follow up on,” he said.

The length of time during which the break-ins occurred, not to mention the nature of the self-storage business, make it less likely anyone would have noticed anything suspicious, Clark said.

“There are people in and out of there at all times of the night,” he said.

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