DORSET - At approximately 3:25 p.m. on Friday, state police responded to a reported burglary at 5016 Route 30 in Dorset. Police determined that at some point between Dec. 24 and Dec. 27, someone had broken into the residence through a rear window. Some of the items reported stolen include coins, jewelry, silverware, and other small items, according to the police press release.

Officers investigating the scene discovered that the adjacent residence, located at 4976 Route 30, had also been broken into. Details of both incidents are still under investigation. The State Police announced on Sunday that a third residence, 1131 Route 30, had also been broken into. Robert and Joan Menson, 87 and 84, who live at that residence, had been visiting family out of town at the time of the break in. Entry was gained into the house by forced entry into the attached garage. Police said that the burglar spent considerable time in the home, as it was "completely ransacked and thoroughly searched."

Items stolen at that residence include a coin collection, jewelry, and cash. Anyone with information is encouraged to contract Trooper Thomas Stange or Sgt. Brian Turner at the Shaftsbury State Police barracks at 802-442-5421. Information can also be submitted anonymously online at, according to police.

- Derek Carson