Thieves in Port Clyde may be growing bolderBurglars ransack summer home
Port Clyde — "It's not the stuff," Lorrie Landsberg said of having her home burglarized. "You can replace the stuff. It's the whole being violated. That's my house, my bubble, my happy place. That's what's upsetting."
Landsberg, who lives part time in Port Clyde near Marshall Point and part time in Woodsbury, N.Y., said her family received a call July 10 from the property's caretaker, who said the home had been burglarized and ransacked.
Televisions and art had been taken off the walls and brought out onto the lawn. Every drawer in the home had been rummaged through. iPods, jewelry and other personal items had been stolen. Even the rugs had been rolled up and brought out onto the lawn.
The property owner said she has been coming to Port Clyde all her life and has a family history in the area, her grandfather having owned Port Clyde Sardine Co. She always thought of Port Clyde as a safe, peaceful place, different from what you would expect in New York.
"That's shattered now," she said, emotion showing in her voice. "It's sad."
She noted that her medicine cabinets and first aid kits had been raided.
She's not alone. Neighbors have also faced thefts.
"It's a feeling that someone is maybe watching," she said. "You're not safe. Your things are not safe."
Lt. Kirk Guerrette of the Knox County Sheriff's Office said July 13 there have been a string of thefts and burglaries in Port Clyde, St. George and Tenants Harbor. Mostly, he said, stuff has been stolen off lawns including bicycles and lawn ornaments, and from sheds. However, now the thieves may be getting bolder because they've graduated to entering homes.
Most of the cases have the same modus operandi, he said. More than one person may be involved and, given the geography of the properties hit, the perpetrator(s) are likely in the St. George area.
He noted that crimes in the area are increasingly drug-related. People who use drugs raid medicine cabinets and target older people, who are more likely to have painkillers. Pharmacy robberies and home invasions have increased.
The tough economic climate is another factor, according to police.
The burglaries are under investigation, and he calls on neighbors to look out for one another and report suspicious activity.
"That one call to the police could solve [the cases]," he said.
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