CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Police are investigating thefts from bottle return boxes for a local boy scout troop and a volunteer fire department.
Police believe the two incidents are connected.
“We might not have the money, you know, they might not be able to go on their summer camp event,” Linda Joseph said.
Linda and her husband, John, are frustrated after a pair of bandits stole more than $1,500 worth of bottles and cans from Troop 62’s bins. The recyclables fund most of the boy scouts for the whole year.
“Money we expect to go to help boys in the community just being taken for somebody else’s personal use,” John said. “It’s disappointing.”
It started happening in October and continued through the beginning of December. The thieves make regular visits at all times day and night.
“There was no rhyme or reason to it,” Linda said.
While Cambridge police did not catch them, they believe the thieves struck again at the Melrose Volunteer Fire Department.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that that’s the same minivan,” Cambridge Police Chief George Bell said.
Bell said witness descriptions of the incidents at the scout’s bins line up with the video in Melrose that show the thieves being a male and female and their getaway vehicle, a tan minivan.
“They pull up, both of them get out, throw the back door open of the van, and just start throwing the bottles in, and then they’re gone just as quick as they pulled up,” Bell said.
While Bell believes they’re the same people, police still need to find the suspects. But as they investigate, the Josephs are keeping a close eye on their bins and emptying them every chance they get.
“We’re not going to stop protecting what’s ours until they’re caught,” Linda said.
Cambridge police are working with New York State Police Brunswick on the investigation. They have some leads but anyone with information on either incident is asked to contact them.