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Portland Police investigate string of burglaries
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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --Portland Police are investigating a string of burglaries that happened across the city within the last month.

On Tuesday, police released a list of burglarized gas stations and convenience stores:

  •          Hilltop Superette, 135 Congress St.on December 16th
  •          Peace Food Market, 21 Chestnut St. on December 24th
  •          Cigarette Shopper, 263 St. John St. on December 30th
  •          Jake's Quik Stop, 205 Brighton Ave. on January 10th
  •          The Riverton Gas Station, 1585 Forest Ave. on January 10th and 11th
  •          Clipper Mart, 55 Riverside St on January 11th

Police said all the burglaries have occurred during the overnight hours and the burglars either pried the doors open or broke glass.

Police said they stole cash and large quantities of cigarettes.

Assistant Chief Vernon Malloch said that in some cases, the burglars wore masks, hoods, or hats, but he said he is unsure if the incidents are connected.

"Given the time difference, the number of perpetrators, and the geographic distance, it's harder to say that they're all connected, but it is an unusual spree that we're seeing," said Asst. Chief Malloch.

Police said they have increased patrols near gas stations and convenience stores and they encourage businesses to limit any cash that left in a business at night and to evaluate the placement of surveillance systems. 

Police do not believe the public is in any danger, and ask anyone with information to contact them.


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