Gouldsboro town office burgled

GOULDSBORO — The town office was broken into overnight Monday. The thief or thieves made off with two handguns, prescription medications held as evidence, about $2,000 in cash and $14,000 in checks, according to Town Manager Bryan Kaenrath.

Kaenrath said it appears the thief or thieves entered the building on Main Street from a rear door leading into the meeting room.

He said the handguns and prescription medications were stolen from the Police Department office in the Fire Department and the money and checks were taken from a locked vault in his office.

The prescriptions were in an evidence locker, Kaenrath said.

“The vault has a heavy, fireproof door with a deadbolt,” Kaenrath said. “It looks like they had a crowbar and maybe some metal cutters and basically forced the lock through. It looks like it took them quite a bit of effort and time.”

Kaenrath said nothing else was taken from the office.

He said the vault door has to be replaced, but the other doors are usable.

State police were at the town office all day Tuesday gathering evidence while town personnel were taking an inventory to assess what had been stolen.

Selectmen will discuss enhanced security at their meeting Thursday, Feb. 25, at 6 p.m.

“They will be talking about exterior lighting, a security system, enhanced locks on the doors,” Kaenrath said.

He said state police did say they found some fingerprints that may or may not be significant.

Jacqueline Weaver

Jacqueline Weaver

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Jacqueline's beat covers the eastern Hancock County towns of Lamoine through Gouldsboro as well as Steuben in Washington County. She was a reporter for the New York Times, United Press International and Reuters before moving to Maine. She also publicized medical research at Yale School of Medicine and scientific findings at Yale University for nine years.[email protected]
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