KATHRYN BOYCE of Eaton, arrested on Jan. 26 by the Wakefield Police Department, is believed to be connected to the Dec. 24, 2011 fatal drug overdose of a former North Line Road resident, 21 year old Corey Heck. (Courtesy photo) (click for larger version)
February 23, 2012WOLFEBORO — Lt. Dean Rondeau of the Wolfeboro Police Department reported a sharp decline in burglaries from 15 in December to 6 in January at the Feb. 16 meeting of the Wolfeboro Police Commission.
While that is good news, he said at the same time that it's not good enough. It's bad that burglaries are continuing.
The department is countering the "loose confederacy of burglars" with a coordinated effort among area towns that began with a December meeting of police chiefs, officers from the Carroll County Sheriff's Department and the State Police to share information. Not surprisingly, said Rondeau, some of the same names of suspects were mentioned.
Wolfeboro police have increased its number of patrols, putting some tasks on the back burner in order to get out for first-hand observations, including ones by Chief Stu Chase and himself, Rondeau said.
Their efforts have resulted in "13 or so" drug arrests, said Rondeau, including the Jan. 26 arrest in Wakefield of 23-year-old Kathryn Boyce, an Eaton resident, believed to be connected with the Christmas Eve drug overdose death of 21-year-old Corey Heck at the Piping Rock Resort in Wolfeboro.
Wakefield police seized her car, owned jointly with a friend, after a stop revealed drug paraphernalia. A subsequent search included the discovery of burglary tools.
Joshua Witcher, arrested near the Wolfeboro/Tuftonboro town line by K9 officer Jim O'Brien, in connection with a suspicious person report in Tuftonboro, is also believed to be connected to illegal activity at the Piping Rock Resort, said Rondeau.
Rondeau says that the board of the resort has been very cooperative with the police investigations, and he encourages residents to continue to be forthcoming about any suspicious activity in their neighborhoods. "We will respond," said Rondeau. "Any amount of information, however seemingly innocuous or insignificant, is worthwhile."
The proliferation of burglaries throughout the region appears to be linked with drug abuse, for the target is most often jewelry, which can be quickly melted down into gold for cash, and prescription drugs. With that in mind, the department suggests that beyond the obvious need for homeowners to lock their doors, it is wise to place valuables in a safety deposit box, video or photograph property, record serial numbers and engrave jewelry. Set interior lights on timers if you plan to be away, do not leave exterior lights on all day, and close the garage door upon leaving.
Rondeau said that an informant told the police department that it's "looking at the right group, but it's probably not responsible for 100 percent of the burglaries. They may be responsible for 60 percent." Citizens' observations are important to the effort to curb drug activity and related burglaries.
The Wolfeboro Police Department plans another meeting with law enforcement personnel from surrounding towns.