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December 29, 2004
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No Clues in Brazen Heist at DHL Hub Warehouse in N.H.

By David Lazar, The Union Leader (Manchester, N.H.)

LONDONDERRY, N.H. -- Authorities did not report any leads Tuesday in the daring Christmas heist at a local warehouse where thieves netted more than $100,000 in loot at shipping giant DHL.

Police yesterday did not release any new information about the break-in, other than to confirm initial estimates that more than $100,000 worth of packages — from jewelry and toys to prescription narcotics — were plundered. The burglary was reported around 10:30 a.m. Sunday, and police spent much of that day and yesterday inventorying what is believed to be stolen and processing the scene at the Industrial Drive warehouse for fingerprints and hair or fibers.

Police are calling the heist the largest commercial burglary to hit Londonderry in 20 years.

"The thieves left a scene of hundreds of ripped-open packages, containing a wide assortment of goods, such as prescription drugs, jewelry, movie videos, electronic devices and other items too numerous to mention," said Londonderry police Lt. Scott Saunders, in a news release.

"Because of the wide range of merchandise believed stolen, including business-to-business shipments of jewelry intended for area jewelry stores, the loss is believed to be significant," Saunders said in the release.

DHL officials yesterday said only that they are working alongside police to identify and track down the stolen items.

Police and DHL officials remained tight-lipped about how or when the break-in likely took place. The warehouse was locked up around 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve and the burglary wasn't discovered until Sunday morning, according to authorities. A company spokesman yesterday declined to elaborate on the company's security measures.

"DHL has extensive and strict security programs and policies, which it has developed and manages in coordination and cooperation with local and federal agencies," spokesman Robert Mintz said in a prepared statement.

DHL has another shipping facility nearby at Manchester Airport. The DHL service center hit over the weekend is considered the company's hub for package distribution in New Hampshire, serving the entire state, along with Maine and portions of southeastern Vermont.






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