AUGUSTA — Authorities in Kennebec County are joining forces with the Maine State Police to investigate dozens of burglaries over the weekend at least two self-storage facilities.

Augusta Police Lt. Jared Mills said 13 storage units at Augusta Storage were broken into sometime overnight between Friday and Saturday at the Leighton Road Facility. A dispatcher with the Winthrop Police Department also reported another 13 storage units were burglarized at Route 202 Self-Storage on Peck Farm Road in Winthrop during the same period of time.

Mills said Sunday that the two agencies connected Saturday after both agencies posted information about the break-ins and discovered similarities between them. Additionally, he said that the Maine State Police are also involved in the joint investigation because of similar break-ins at some rural self-storage centers.

Mills said that his department will turn the investigation over to its detective bureau on Monday, but that the original investigating officer is handling the initial reports. He said it is hard to tell at this point what items were taken or place a value on them because renters are still conducting inventories of their belongings. He pointed out that one renter is currently out of the country and is unable to assess lost items.

Mills said that it is very likely that the Augusta and Winthrop facilities could have been broken into around the same time.

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