HIRAM — The Oxford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating burglaries of a dozen cars of at Hiram Dam over the July Fourth weekend. 

Sheriff’s Sgt. Timothy Ontengco said Tuesday that 12 cars were burglarized and items inside taken by an unknown number of thieves.

In most cases, the vehicles were locked and in one of three parking lots used by people camping, fishing or kayaking on the Saco River. Sometime late Saturday evening into Sunday morning, the car windows were smashed and the vehicles rummaged through. Thieves took cash and valuables. In one car, a customized iPad worth $900 was stolen.

On Tuesday, police were still trying to track down the owners to get a list of the items stolen. All victims are from Maine.

Ontengco said the spot is rural and parked vehicles are isolated from owners by a trail through the woods. 

“This is a chronic problem and it usually happens once a year because the opportunity is there,” Ontengco said. 

Police are working to substantiate several leads, including a possible description of a vehicle seen driving away from the scene. 

Police ask anyone who has information to call the Sheriff’s Office at 207-743-9228. 


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