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Thieves hit Freedom garages, Effingham transfer station


July 04, 2012
FREEDOM — Two garages here and an office were broken into during the overnight hours of June 27 and police are asking for the public's help in tracking down the person or persons responsible for stealing thousands of dollars' worth of equipment.

Sometime overnight, thieves broke into the garage and office building of GW Brooks and Son, Inc. located at 362 Eaton Road (Route 153) and the State of N.H. DOT District 3 garage, also on Route 153. Freedom Police are working in cooperation with N.H. State Police to track down the thieves

According to Freedom Police Chief Josh Shackford, there is a long list of items that thieves made off with. The list includes chains, tools, power equipment (including power saws, ratchets), cameras and other electronic equipment, copper wiring, and welding equipment. Thieves made off with tires which were likely stolen because they were attached to aluminum wheels, a big money maker for those cashing in stolen metals.

One prime piece of equipment, a total station, valued at around $20,000 was taken from the Brooks garage. A total station is an electronic/optical instrument used in modern surveying to take measurements and measure slopes, a vital piece of for a contractor who does large scale construction projects.

Shackford said police do have some physical evidence in this case.

Effingham Police are also working on a large burglary case that occurred at the town's transfer station. Effingham Police Chief Joe Collins said at some point between the afternoon of June 17 and the morning of June 20, thieves broken through the lock on the gate at the transfer station located on Snow Road, just off Route 153. The thieves then proceeded to steal about half of the metal goods pile, including 15 refrigerators/freezers, stoves, washing machines, dryers, and air conditioners. In total, said Collins, they stole about 30 appliances. Additionally, thieves broke into the shed and stole several tools.

At this time, police are not ruling out that these cases may be related. They are asking that anyone who may have information to contact Effingham or Freedom Police through Carroll County Dispatch Center at 539-2284 or N.H. State Police at 323-3333.

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