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Athol police to display stolen items

ATHOL — Tri-state residents are being invited to look for their stolen jewelry in the Athol Town Hall later this month, in a sort of open-house of police evidence.

More than 600 pieces of stolen jewelry recovered through several search warrants will be on display at 11 a.m. Jan. 26 in Town Hall. Police are hoping that victims can help build their case by linking the stolen jewelry to specific break-ins.

Athol Police Officers Douglas Kaczmarczyk and Jarret Mousseau have been heading up an investigation of burglaries in several towns in Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire in the past year.

“We have several suspects, all of whom we believe are working together,” said Kaczmarczyk. “We’ve executed five successful search warrants, and more are pending.”

Kaczmarczyk said police have not yet made any arrests or filed charges in the investigation. He said police are working with the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office to put together as strong a case as possible before proceeding with charges.

He’s hoping burglary victims will recognize their stolen items during the display, so police can tie their suspects to specific break-ins, and reunite victims with their property.

The wide area targeted by thieves has made that a bit difficult.

“There have been multiple houses broken into, including ones that I’m probably not aware of in other jurisdictions,” said Kaczmarczyk. “We’re trying to get the word out to victims.”

In most of the break-ins being investigated, only jewelry was taken, carried off in a pillow case.

If you’ve been a victim of such a break-in, come to the display at 11 a.m. Jan. 26, in the Athol Town Hall, 584 Main St., Athol. A photo ID is required.

You may also call Athol police at 978-249-3232.

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