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Jaffrey

Computers, medication and jewels taken in home burglary

A sign sits outside Robert Kadlec's home on Fitzwilliam Road, which was burglarized on  Oct. 9. Kadlec is asking anyone in the area to report anything unusual they saw that day to the Jaffrey police.

A sign sits outside Robert Kadlec's home on Fitzwilliam Road, which was burglarized on Oct. 9. Kadlec is asking anyone in the area to report anything unusual they saw that day to the Jaffrey police.

JAFFREY — Last Wednesday afternoon, officers received reports of a burglary on Fitzwilliam Road after the owners returned to find their home had been broken into.

According to police, Robert Kadlec’s door was kicked in and a window in the rear of the house was broken, and multiple items, including four laptops, one external hard drive, five rings and one necklace, and prescription medications, were all missing from the home. Though the exact dollar amount is still being determined by detectives, the loss is extensive, police said.

The worst part for Kadlec is the loss of his family’s personal files, all of which were backed up on the hard drive and laptops. “I’m really missing the fact that I can’t look over the photos from my and my wife’s summer vacation now. I don’t think the person who broke in here thought of those kinds of things,” he said.

Kadlec also mentioned that the prescription drugs stolen were his, the medications he needed after his recent shoulder surgery. “They just grabbed everything they could and left,” he said.

Kadlec, whose wife was the first to return home, was shocked to find all the kitchen cabinets open and clothes all over the two bedroom’s floors. “The two bedrooms were pretty much tossed,” said Kadlec. He later added, “They didn’t really break stuff, like furniture, though.”

The Jaffrey police were already at the home when Kadlec arrived, investigating the scene and making sure the house was unoccupied. “I think that law enforcement handled it as good as they could have,” said Kadlec. “They treated my wife very well when they got there.”

While Kadlec is grateful for the town police response, he wants people in his neighborhood to be more aware of what’s going on nearby. “It seems that in this day and age, people are tuned into CNN and Fox, but they lose a sense of what’s happening in the community. People should make a mental note about something that’s different,” he said.

Kadlec, who has been a resident of Jaffrey for three and a half years, is concerned about more than just his own home. “I hear this is happening way too much around here,” he said. According to police, another home was robbed on Wednesday in Fitzwilliam, potentially in connection with the burglary in Jaffrey.

“I’d like to get the word out that this stuff is going on,” Kadlec said.

The case is still under investigation, and Kadlec is taking an extra step to try and recover his family’s things. He has a sign out on his lawn reading, “My house was robbed on Wednesday [Oct. 9]. If you saw anything strange, call Jaffrey PD.”

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