HARVARD -- On Sunday, a resident reported a breaking-and-entering at his parents' house on Poor Farm Road.

Detective Daniele Fortunato said the house was broken into between Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

The residents were not home at the time of the break-in. Police believe the suspect entered the house through the back window.

Fortunato said residents had a 300-pound safe that was opened. The safe was laid down face up and the dial was popped off. She said the suspect might have used a crowbar or a similar tool to break it.

The safe contained six Winchester commemorative rifles, with five stolen.

Among the stolen items were a 1966 Winchester Sentinel rifle and its matching carbine, which is a light automatic rifle. The pair came together and were gold-plated. A 16-gauge shotgun and a 1970 cowboy Winchester rifle and carbine were also stolen.

Police say the shotgun could be cut down to make a smaller gun that would be easier to conceal.

A 1968 Buffalo Bill carbine was taken but its matching rifle was left at the scene. Police believe it was left behind because it was not in its original packaging, which devalues it. All stolen guns were in original packaging.

Two flatscreen TVs were stolen along with jewelry that police say was selectively chosen.

Blankets and pillows were taken, which Fortunato said might have been used to wrap the televisions or guns.

There was possible evidence left behind, she said. The case is under investigation.


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