Burglaries continue in Dorset
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DORSET ó Police said neighbors of two Mad Tom Road properties noticed suspicious activity on Saturday but failed to notify police. On Monday, a caretaker noticed about $9,000 in silver missing from one home and another caretaker reported a stereo system missing from the second home.
According to Sgt. Brian Turner, of the Vermont State Police barracks in Shaftsbury, police investigating the burglaries found several neighbors who reported hearing glass breaking and loud bangs and possibly seeing flashlights inside one of the homes. However, none of this activity was reported to the Vermont State Police at the time.
Dorset does not have its own police force and the Vermont State Police provide coverage for the town.
This activity was witnessed between 9 and 10 p.m. on Saturday. At the time, a storm had taken out electrical power to the area.
Caretakers for the homes, which are second homes that were unoccupied at the time, discovered the burglaries and reported them on Monday. Items reported missing include a Panasonic stereo system from one of the homes and an assortment of Sterling silver items, valued at about $9,000, from the other.
At this time it is unclear if the burglaries are related to several others that have occurred in the area of Dorset village over the past several weeks.
The burglaries happened just a few days before a meeting, which will take place tonight at the Dorset Church on Church Street at 7 p.m., on the formation of a new community crime watch program. Lt. Reg Trayah, commander of the Vermont State Police barracks in Shaftsbury, and Rob Gaiotti, Dorsetís town manager, are expected to attend the meeting.
Anyone with information regarding the recent burglaries is asked to contact Turner at the Shaftsbury barracks at 442-5421. Information can also be submitted anonymously online at www.vtips.info.