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State police investigate town garage break-in

The Vermont State Police ask anyone with information concerning the burglary to contact the Brattleboro barracks at 802-254-2382.

PUTNEY—Vermont State Police continue to investigate a burglary at the town garage and seek the public’s help in finding the perpetrator.

According to state police. the town garage was burglarized sometime during the weekend of July 11 and 12.

On the morning of July 13, town employees reported to work, discovered the break-in, and called state police.

Trooper Nader Hashim reported to the scene, and his investigation determined that approximately $13,000 worth of tools and equipment was stolen.

Town Manager Cynthia Stoddard told the Selectboard at the July 29 regular meeting the items included a welder, chainsaw, power saw, and computer. She also said an employee’s paycheck was stolen but had not been cashed.

The press release from the Vermont State Police said, “a door on the side of the facility had been pried open using a tire iron.”

This, the second break-in at the town garage since 2012, prompted the Selectboard to discuss increasing security measures in the building, such as stronger locks, a security camera, and a bigger gate.

In an email to The Commons, Brattleboro barracks commander Lt. Paul Favreau wrote, “In reference to a connection with any other town garage burglaries, we have not established anything as of yet.”

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Originally published in The Commons issue #322 (Wednesday, September 9, 2015). This story appeared on page D1.

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