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Library thrift store burglarized

by Tom Chillemi

Anyone with information should call the Middlesex Crime Line at 758-5600 and ask for Detective Carmell.

Detective K.P. Carmell of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office is asking citizens for help in solving recent break-ins in Urbanna.

The Nearly New Thrift Shop, which benefits the Urbanna Library, was broken into Saturday night or early Sunday morning, he said. “Any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, can help,” said Carmell. “Someone may have seen someone walking or driving around that night.”

The thief or thieves first tried to pry open a door on the right front of the building. They then broke the door’s glass and reached in and turned the dead bolt. However, that door leads to an upstairs apartment, and not to the thrift shop.

The thief or thieves then went to the north side of the building where there was a drop box, and broke out a window to gain entry. Only a small amount of cash was taken, Carmell said.

Carmell added that he has gotten a lot of cooperation from businesses that have video surveillance. “Businesses and citizens of the community have been helpful in bringing information and leads,” he said.

The method of breaking into the Nearly New Thrift Shop is similar to what was used to break into Nimcock Gallery, which is located next door, on the night of May 13 or morning of May 14. During that break-in a cash box was taken, said Carmell.

Carmell said he is working diligently on these cases and collected physical evidence that is en route to the state crime lab. Anyone with information should call the Middlesex Crime Line at 758-5600 and ask for Detective Carmell.

Also, a storage shed at Urbanna’s water tower was recently broken into and copper pipes and brass pipe fittings were stolen, reported town administrator Holly Gailey. She also said the town truck was broken into while it was parked behind the town hall and pipe fittings were stolen.

The town hall is located next to Nimcock Gallery.

Last week the Town of Urbanna issued an alert on break-ins via the reverse 911 system, which allows the town to call all residents at the same time to provide information.

At Monday’s council meeting, Paul Malone, who moved from Houston to Urbanna, said, “Somehow we need to re-establish the security of Urbanna.”

posted 05.22.2013

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