SHAFTSBURY -- Vermont State Police are investigating two recent daytime burglaries in Shaftsbury, in which the suspects made off with camera memory cards and "several piggy banks containing assorted change."
Police were notified of the two incidents within a half-hour of each other, as the residents returned home from work. The burglaries occurred Thursday some time between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Police believe the incidents to be related because of their close proximity, similar time frame, and also similarities at each scene.
State Police Sgt. Brian Turner said in a release that the first burglary was reported on Cider Mill Road, and that forced entry was made through a side door. A large gun safe inside the residence had been attempted to be "smashed open and then removed from the home," Turner reported, but that attempt was unsuccessful. Items removed from the home included several piggy banks containing assorted change and bills.
A second burglary was reported that same evening on Timber Trail Road, in which case forced entry was gained through the back door. The home was "searched extensively," according to police, "with the only items taken being a tanzanite ring, loose change, and several memory cards for cameras."
Police continue to receive a large number of burglary complaints throughout the county, Turner stated in his release. "Measures have been made to combat this problem to include additional detectives being assigned to assist with these investigations and combined efforts with law enforcement agencies throughout New York and Vermont. These efforts have led to numerous search warrants being executed, stolen property recovered, and arrests being made."
"However," he continued, "as this problem continues, police still need assistance from the public in solving these crimes." In addition to taking precautions to secure residences and valuables, Turner said police are asking citizens to be more vigilant and to report any suspicious activity. "This includes suspicious vehicles, people, or circumstances," Turner said.
Police noted that the use of field cameras, surveillance equipment, and alarm systems is "very helpful" in solving burglary cases.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt. Brian Turner of the Shaftsbury Barracks at 802-442-5421.