Barrington police seek leads in tool heist

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The day after two men were seen fleeing from a newly built home on Washington Road while carrying a trash bag full of items, the contractor working on the house called police to report missing tools.

The alleged break-in took place on Monday, May 26, and was witnessed by an alert neighbor, who also snapped pictures of the get-away vehicle.

At about 7 a.m. on Tuesday morning, May 27, police received a call from the contractor building the Washington Road home who said a variety of tools had been stolen from the house. The stolen tools included a jig saw, a masonry gun, a jam cutter, a skill saw, a variety of sanders and some drills. Police estimate the value of the stolen tools at just under $5,000.

The contractor also said there had been two locked trailers on the property, but the tools that were missing had been left inside the home.

Police believe the thieves accessed the home through a sliding glass door in the back — it appeared a piece of plastic pipe had been used to keep secure the door, but the men had pushed so hard on the door that the plastic bent.

Police said the men re-emerged from the rear of the property carrying a large white trash bag full of stolen items.

Anyone who recognizes the vehicle or who may have more information about the larceny should call police at 437-3937.

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