NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

November 2, 2012

Emergency worker's home robbed during Sandy

By Dave Rogers
Staff Writer

---- — ROWLEY — A town emergency worker's Central Street home was burglarized Monday while he was responding to calls related to Hurricane Sandy, according to police officials.

Rowley police Chief Robert Barker said his department is investigating whether the emergency worker's home was targeted because the alleged thief knew the resident would be out all day.

"It's very, very premature to say that, but we're looking into that angle," Barker said.

Barker declined to give the street number of the burglarized house, citing department policy restricting the release of victim information to the public.

The alleged burglary took place sometime between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. Monday, but police believe it took place during the day. Entry was gained by breaking through a rear window. No one was home at the time and an undetermined amount of jewelry was reported missing.

"It's definitely a forcible break," Barker said.

No other houses were burglarized during Hurricane Sandy, Barker added.