Morristown businesses hit by string of burglaries, vandalisms and thefts

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MORRISTOWN –– The Morristown Police Department is investigating a series of burglaries, thefts and acts of vandalism that have targeted local businesses and public properties over the last several weeks.

A swift water rescue team stationed at the Morrisville Fire Department was among the first victims. On July 14, the team’s equipment trailer was vandalized in an overnight attempt to access the equipment inside.

The Manosh Car Wash was targeted on July 23, suffering over $30,000 in damages to its coin kiosks and the loss of an undetermined amount of money.

Two men, James Russell, 39, homeless, and Wendell Wallbridge, 37, of Morristown, were arrested on charges of Felony Unlawful Mischief in connection with the incident.

On July 31, the Napa Auto Parts store reported a stolen welder valued at $669.99. Good Samaritans retrieved the stolen item, which was returned to the store. The case is still under investigation.

The Siam Valley Thai Restaurant was burglarized on August 3, reporting money stolen and significant damage to a broken door. The video of the incident was posted on the Morristown Police Department’s Facebook site for public viewing, and the investigation is ongoing.

Menard’s Agway and Aubuchon Hardware were hit on August 13 and 14, reporting thefts of approximately $649 and $180 worth of merchandise respectively, along with damages to their buildings. Both cases are still under investigation.

On August 15, the town-owned flowers and art displays on Portland Street were vandalized overnight. This case, too, remains under investigation.

The Morristown Police is urging the community to be vigilant and report any suspicious behavior or activities, as investigations into these incidents continue.

Those with information can contact the Morristown Police Department at (802) 888-4211.

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