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Waldo's burglary latest in string of local break-ins

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Waldo's burglary latest in string of local break-ins

FALMOUTH — On June 20, police responded to report of a break-in at Waldo's General Store on Route 1.

Police said the burglars stole cigarettes and cash from the registers at Waldo's and Super Scoops. The culprits also kicked in walls and doors. 

The initial investigation revealed that telephone lines were cut to disable the burglar alarm and the door, police said.

"There is considerable damage to interior doors, exit points and the safe," said police Lt. John Kilbride. "They also damaged the surveillance equipment. It's a substantial loss for Waldo's, no question."

Police have not yet provided damage estimates or the amount of cash taken.

The break-in, which is still under investigation, is one of a string of recent burglaries and thefts in Falmouth, Yarmouth and Portland.

Police believe the burglaries are connected.

Nina's Variety was broken into several weeks ago and the tower on Blackstrap Road was also burglarized and copper wire was stolen. Kilbride said each theft had a similar pattern, including the cutting of telephone lines to disable alarm systems.

"There are some systems that are set up to bypass (cut phone lines)," said Kilbride. "That doesn't always work."

He added that the investigation is ongoing and that no suspects have been identified. Although Kilbride said the initial investigation of the Waldo's break-in has revealed that there were likely multiple burglars.

Emily Parkhurst can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or eparkhurst@theforecaster.net