The Brattleboro police department recently released information related to burglaries in the area and would like to release additional information on the status of those investigations.
BPD patrol officers continue to take reports and conduct initial investigations into burglaries. BPD detectives are conducting active and ongoing investigations. Some of these cases involve cooperation with NH law enforcement agencies and Vermont State Police.
Several suspects have been identified, but names are not being released at this time because releasing them prematurely would limit investigations. Stolen property has been recovered during the course of these investigations, including money, prescription medications, and firearms. As the investigations continue and conclude, arrests are expected.
BPD reminds citizens to take steps to prevent burglaries and to report suspicious circumstances. Capt. Mark Carignan points out that "We are out in the community a lot, but people know their own neighborhoods better than we ever could because they live there every day. If you see something out of place, call the police. We are a full time agency and have officers available 24 hours a day to respond. We would much rather respond and find out the situation was not a problem than not get a call and miss a burglary."
Citizens can take additional steps to prevent burglaries by locking doors and windows in their homes and vehicles. Garages, back doors, and basement bulkheads are often overlooked by homeowners but are common burglary access points. If you leave town, make arrangements to have your mail stopped and your newspapers picked up. If there is a storm while you are gone, make sure someone shovels your snow. A house that appears unoccupied is an attractive target for a burglar.