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Police investigate library break-in

WESTERLY — A man carrying a red backpack apparently entered through an open window into the Westerly Library early Wednesday morning, stealing a small amount of “petty cash” and getting away as police were surrounding the building.

Police Chief Edward W. St. Clair said as officers got to the scene, along with Officer Ryan Page and K-9 Zigo, the suspect fled out the back toward the bridge into Pawcatuck.

Police are looking at surveillance from library cameras to identify the man who climbed through the window at about 12:20 a.m. Police issued a bulletin for all area departments to be on the look out for the suspect as Westerly police continues their investigation.

Meanwhile, Westerly police again surrounded the Broad Street library building later in the morning after an alarm indicated someone might have broken into the facility, it turned out that someone had innocently walked through an unlocked door not realizing it was not open.

At least 10 Westerly police officers, some with guns drawn, could be seen Wednesday around the outside of the building at about 8 a.m. as the department’s police dog and handler, officer Timothy Manfredi, searched the inside of the library. Manfredi and his dog, Sipko, came out of the building at about 8:40.

— A.J. Algier

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