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Shedding light on a problem

Security improvements follow Sturbridge break-in

Increased police presence is just one of the safety precautions that have been implemented at the temporary Town Hall complex, above, in the three weeks since the facility was burglarized. Improved lighting, town officials say, will help deter anyone from loitering in the area during off hours. Christopher Tanguay. (click for larger version)
November 15, 2009
STURBRIDGE — More than three weeks since a handful of offices were broken into at the temporary Town Hall complex no official suspects have been identified, though police say the investigation is still open and very active.

According to Sturbridge Detective Mark Saloio, police are in the process of trying to obtain information from a person of interest regarding the break in that occurred on the evening of Sunday, Oct. 18 or in the early morning of Monday, Oct. 19.

Although Saloio sounded confident in the direction the case has taken, he declined to comment on the investigation in any great detail.

In immediate response to the break-in, during which an undisclosed amount of cash was taken by a person or persons who gained entry to the Assessor's, Town Clerk's, Finance Department and Town Accountant's offices, Interim Town Administrator Michael Racicot and Police Chief Thomas J. Ford III made arrangements to step up security at the multi-suite complex on the Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) campus.

"He's assigned patrols here," Racicot said. "There's a much greater police presence."

"We're checking the Town Hall as much as possible," Saloio said.

"A good thing coming out of this is that the cruisers are back there very often," the detective continued, saying that because of the design of the complex, which was at one time lodging quarters for OSV tourists, it had essentially been out of sight, and out of mind, prior to the break-in.

For more on this story, please see Monday's Southbridge Evening News.

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