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Neighbors prevent burglary at antique store in Barton

attempted burglary in Barton Vermont antique store

BARTON — A local antique shop had a few doors and windows broken over the weekend, after an attempted burglary was thwarted by a few neighbors.

On Saturday, August 2, police were notified of a burglary in progress at THINGS antique store, located on Lake Street, in Barton.

Witnesses told police that they saw several unidentified subjects attempting to break into the store at around 11:30 p.m.

“Somebody above the shop noticed a few people trying to get in, and apparently they went down and chased them away,” Mike Szczesny, the store owner said on Monday. “But I don’t know more because I didn’t find out until the next day when I found a note from the police stating that they wanted to speak with me.”

Police arrived to find several doors and windows with damage, consistent with forced entry. They were advised by witnesses that they believed the subjects were still inside the building.

With the assistance of officers from U.S. Border Patrol, and Newport Police, troopers were able to search the building. No suspects were located and the case remains under investigation.

Szczesny said that nothing was missing, as they were unable to gain full entry into the building, and that thanks to the lookout of neighbors, the only damage resulting from the incident is broken windows and doors.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Vermont State Police Derby at: 802-334-8881.

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