DIXFIELD — A local man was charged Sunday in connection with a break-in at the Regional School Unit 10 central office where combined losses in damaged and stolen equipment came to $38,000.
Dixfield police Sgt. Jeffery Howe said Joshua Moore, 19, of Dixfield, was arrested Sunday on charges of burglary and receiving stolen property. He was released from Oxford County Jail on Monday morning on his own recognizance. His court date and location were not immediately available.
Howe said the central office building at 33 Nash St. was broken into Friday night and four iPad tablet computers, two iPod Touches, 11 old cellphones, spare keys to the building, a video projector and an external hard drive were taken. Multiple computer screens were smashed and a Tandberg video conferencing camera valued at between $10,000 and $15,000 was damaged.
Officials said there were no broken windows or unlocked doors found when the break-in was discovered Saturday.
Police Chief Richard A. Pickett said Monday that the cellphones were recovered in a catch basin, with assistance from a Public Works employee.
Graffiti was written on a skylight structure on top of the office building and on the football field snack shack and announcement tower. Pickett said he believes graffiti found around town over the weekend — the numbers 666 were written in red paint on the Dixfield Congregational Church — could be related to the break-in at the school offices.