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Peterborough police investigating Depot Square business robberies

  • Kristen Anderson, a receptionist for European Esthetics in Peterborough, poses with a bike that was stolen from the business but found a few days later . European Esthetics was one of at least four Depot Square businesses targeted by a burglar or burglars overnight Wednesday. Staff photo by Daisy Young—

  • At least four Depot Square businesses were targeted by a burglar or burglars overnight Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Bowerbird and Friends was one of four downtown businesses targeted by burglars on Wednesday. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, September 10, 2018 3:47PM

At least four businesses in the Depot Square area of Peterborough were targeted by a burglar or burglars overnight Wednesday.

Peterborough Police Chief Scott Guinard said Monday that around $125 was taken from a cash register inside Bowerbird and Friends, while a bike was taken from the outside of European Esthetics.

Break-ins were also attempted at Twelve Pine and Peterborough Art Academy, Guinard said, but access was not gained.

“This is one investigation with several victims,” Guinard said. “They are all connected, but they have to be documented separately.”

Guinard said it is “more likely than not” that the same person or persons perpetrated each crime. An investigation is underway.

Kristen Anderson, a receptionist at European Esthetics, said the antique bike has since been returned after it was found in an alleyway by Harlow’s Pub on Saturday morning.

“I’m relieved, but still upset that somebody would have taken it in the first place,” Anderson said. “I’m definitely glad that it’s back and returned safely, and that nothing has been disturbed on it.”

Anderson was unsure if the bike was used to aide in someone fleeing the scene, as the bike’s tires are flat.

“I don’t think they would have gotten very far if they were planning on using it for a getaway,” Anderson said.

Bowerbird and Friends owner Katherine Forrest said she came into her shop Thursday morning to find the register empty.

“They didn’t touch the merchandise and nothing was destroyed or broken,” Forrest said.

Forrest said the burglary was captured on security camera, which will hopefully aide the police in finding the person responsible.

“They got through the window in the back,” Forrest said.

Forrest said she is unsure if the window was accidentally left unlocked, or if someone had come in and unlocked it at an earlier point in the day.

Ledger-Transcript intern Daisy Young contributed to this report.

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.