Suspects took more than $20,000 in paint sprayers and accessories from the Sherwin Williams located at 317 US-1 sometime during the evening of Aug. 5 or early morning Aug. 6, according to York police.
Two days later on Aug. 8, police responded to a report of a burglary at Ruby’s located at 433 US-1 that was believed to have taken place between 3 and 4 a.m. that morning.
“Just coincidence a day apart,” said Cryan. He said his department has not ruled out a connection but is proceeding as if the cases are not linked.
The form of entry was different for both, as the burglary at Sherwin Williams involved suspects forcing their way through a door into the building, according to police. At Ruby’s, police believe the suspect had access to a key to gain entrance.
Cryan said the stolen paint and accessories will likely be sold by the suspects, and he said his department is looking into avenues through which that paint might be sold. The suspects also took a floor safe from Sherwin Williams in addition to the paint sprayers, according to police.
“They’re worth a lot of money,” Cryan said of the paint items, “But you have to have a source to get rid of them, and we’re checking those.”
At Ruby’s, Cryan said suspects broke into a safe inside the restaurant to take cash, as well as tried to leave with the restaurant’s computer system. The computer was abandoned outside the restaurant where police believe the burglars left the scene, according to Cryan.
“We found it within an easy walking distance,” said Cryan, who believes the bulky computer may have been too heavy to carry.
York police’s evidence technicians responded to both scenes for evidence collection and processing, and both cases remain under investigation.
Cryan said the fact both burglaries appear unrelated and occurred the same week is mostly an indicator of the town’s growth. He said the town is becoming busier, also noting York experiences a surge in activity each summer due to the influx of tourists at the beach.
“It’s a sign of the times, I think. We’re growing as a community,” Cryan said. “We’re quite busy.”
Anyone who has any knowledge about this incident, or any other incident can contact Cryan at the York Police Department at (207) 363-4444. They may also choose to remain anonymous by reporting any information to Seacoast Crime Stoppers by calling (603) 431-1199, texting CRIMES (274637) and including TIPSCS in the message, or they may submit a confidential tip online by visiting the Seacoast Crime Stoppers website at www.seacoastcrimestoppers.com or the Facebook page. Rewards of up to $1,000 may be paid for help solving cases if the information leads to the arrest or indictment of a suspect(s).
This article originally appeared on Portsmouth Herald: York businesses burglarized: $20K worth of paint sprayers, cash stolen