Burglar strikes Johnsburg library

Town replaces door, troopers seek leads

— A burglary at the Town of Johnsburg Library has shaken the secure feeling of this small town, leaving town officials and State Police looking for leads to the crime.

Sometime between the end of the Johnsburg Town Board meeting, around 8:15 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21 and the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 22 when town employees arrived, a burglar or burglars broke into the north side of the Town Hall at 219 Main St. and stole about $200 from the locked cash drawer of the library, which is housed in the same building, according to Town Supervisor Ron Vanselow.

“Somebody destroyed the back door,” Vanselow said.

The perpetrator also took some money from the contribution jar, but the supervisor didn’t know exactly how much was in there. Aside from that, the break-in cost town taxpayers several hundred dollars in labor and a new door, purchased just hours after a state trooper had arrived to investigate.

“I think we’re pretty tight again,” Vanselow said about the security at the Town Hall and Library.

Town and library workers are shaken up about the break-in. There have been several incidents of home and business burglaries in the North Creek area over the past months.

“It disturbs me because it takes away the sense of security we have here,” Vanselow said.

No information was readily available from the New York State Police station in Chestertown.

If anyone has information about the break-in, they should call the Town Hall at 251-2421 or the State Police at 494-3201.

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