JAY — Police are investigating a break-in at Jay Rent-A-Tool on Main Street that occurred between late Sunday afternoon and early Monday morning, Detective Michael Mejia said Tuesday.

Officer Dylan Rider found a damaged door and a damaged safe, said Mejia, who assisted him. The safe was entered. Nothing appeared to be missing.

The burglary occurred between 5 p.m. Sunday and 7:35 a.m. Monday. It’s the second Monday in a row of a weekend burglary at a business.

On April 25, a burglary was reported at the Hairitage House and the post office at 21 East Dixfield Road, also known as Route 17, in North Jay. The salon and the office have separate entries but share a space behind the counter area.

Force was also used in that burglary and a small amount of cash was taken from the owner’s safe. 

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the law enforcement branch of the Postal Service, has offered a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual who burglarized the post office, according to a release from the Postal Inspection Service. Burglarizing or robbing a postal unit is a federal crime.

“We are investigating the possibility of a connection” between the burglaries at Jay Rent-A-Tool and the Hairitage House/post office, Mejia said.


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