Residents urged to watch for suspicious activity after thefts around Milton Three PondsBY JOHN QUINN
Union Leader Correspondent
August 12. 2014 2:07PM
MILTON – Police are reaching out to counterparts in Maine to see if a recent wake of waterfront thefts occurred across the Salmon Falls River.
Since Friday, police received numerous reports about a dozen missing batteries – from boats, lawn mowers and tractors – and stolen marine gas canisters around the Three Ponds area.
Investigators continue to believe boats were used to commit the crimes, according to Police Chief Richard Krauss
“They happened at homes on the lake. I don’t feel comfortable labeling them as seasonal or year-round residences, don’t want suspects to get that information,” Krauss said.
There are numerous year-round and seasonal homes around the 750-acre area of Milton Three Ponds – which includes the Salmon Falls River and Townhouse, Milton and Northeast ponds.
Krauss said the crimes have been committed in late night or early morning.
“We believe that a boat is being used to steal the items, as we have also had a few boats/canoes stolen then found later after the other thefts have been found,” Krauss said.
As part of the investigation, police are trying to locate a small, dark-colored pickup – possibly a Toyota – and a small, four-door sedan – possibly a Honda – which were seen in the area of the thefts.
Krauss said investigators plan to speak to their counterparts in Maine to see if there have been similar crimes reported in Acton or Lebanon, Maine.
Police encourage residents to secure their property and ensure they know the make, model and any identifying features of batteries or gas cans.
Anyone with information about these crimes is encouraged to contact Officer Melissa Curtin of the Milton Police Department at (603) 652-4500 or (603) 652-4514 ext. 202.