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Police investigate Freedom burglaries

July 15, 2009
FREEDOM – Police here are following up on leads as they work to identify the man who broke into Freedom Market on Route 25 Monday night.

The suspect's picture was captured on the surveillance tape and prints of the picture hang throughout the store in hopes customers can help identify him.

It was just after 11 p.m. Monday night when police were called to the store. The caller reported that the store alarm had gone off and the owner of the store had rushed from his home next door and a shot had been fired. The caller did not know if anyone was injured.

Police from six agencies responded to learn that the shot was fired at the parking lot in response to a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot. The vehicle was actually operated by Selectman Les Babb who lives a few doors down and owns Freedom Automotive. Babb heard the store alarm sounding, as did several neighbors, and was coming over to investigate.

No one was injured by the shooting.

At the scene Monday night, police were focusing on a window in the back of the store as the point of entry and surrounding woods to determine the path the burglar used to flee the scene.

Police are working to further enhance the images caught on the surveillance camera.

Police did not release any information about what, if anything, was taken from the store.

Freedom Police Chief Josh Shackford said there has been a rash of burglaries and car break-ins recently in Freedom including a failed attempt by someone trying to break into Freedom Market last week.

Chief Shackford said the recent burglaries and break-ins happened to homes and vehicles left unlocked when the occupants were away. Shackford reminds people to secure their property when they are away and to report any suspicious activity, no matter how minor it may seem.

Martin Lord & Osman
Varney Smith
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