Caribou Police Chief encourages public to lock their vehicles

14 years ago

By Natalie Bazinet
Staff Writer

CARIBOU — Caribou Police officers are currently investigating a series of burglaries that took place on the evenings of July 6, 7 and 8 in the Elmwood/Glenn Street area. Six vehicles were broken into, two anti-crime signs were taken and one car was stolen during that time; none of the vehicles were locked. The vehicle — a 2005 silver Hyundai Electra — was taken on Thursday evening and recovered on Friday, July 7 after having been abandoned by Jason Boyd, 18, of Caribou following a high speed chase with a Maine State Trooper.

The police were alerted to the crimes the morning following the burglaries as car-owners found the contents of their vehicles clearly disheveled and rooted through.

“The public should be mindful to lock their vehicles and not leave personal items (pocketbooks, cash, cameras) in their cars,” said Caribou Police Chief Michael Gahagan.

The stolen signs were returned shortly after they were taken.

Gahagan mentioned  that the recent vehicle burglaries are not isolated incidents as other communities have also been seeing a recent surge of similar burglaries.