Police Investigate Break-In at Alley's

West Tisbury police are investigating a break-in and theft that took place at Alley’s General Store sometime Monday evening or Tuesday morning. Police chief Dan Rossi said a little more than $800 in cash was stolen.

Police Investigate Thefts at Up-Island Businesses

Police are investigating a series of thefts Wednesday at up-Island businesses, including several farm stands. Police said money and cash registers were taken from Little Leona’s Pets and Supplies and Fiddlehead Farm. Money was also taken from honor-system farm stands in Chilmark.

Thrift Shop Find Turns Out to Be Stolen Painting

Max Moran is still looking for his East Chop Light. John Alley in his top hat and tails, too. But Kelli, a nude painted on Lucy Vincent Beach, turned up at the Edgartown Second Hand Store. The plein air artist had other artwork stolen from his New York studio and is on a search and recovery mission.

Edgartown Man Pleads Guilty to Large Theft

Patrick A. Joyce, 27, was placed on long-term probation and assigned a long-term plan to repay more than $35,000 to the Jerry Bennett swing band that employed him. The case dates to last year and was disposed of in district court last week.

Police Detective Work Leads to Arrest in Copper Theft

An Oak Bluffs man has been charged with stealing more than $5,000 worth of copper wiring from an Island electric company. Edgartown Det. Michael Snowden led the investigation.

Sentencing Is Near in Map Theft Case

Sentencing Is Near in Map Theft Case

By JAMES KINSELLA

Federal authorities have asked that E. Forbes Smiley 3rd of Chilmark serve more than four years in prison and be fined at least $10,000 for stealing a rare 1578 map.

U.S. Attorney Kevin O'Connor said that although the court should take Mr. Smiley's cooperation into account when sentencing the felon next Wednesday, the court should not depart from standard sentencing guidelines.

Chilmark Resident Admits Map Theft

Chilmark Resident Admits Map Theft

Mr. Smiley Pleads Guilty in Connecticut to Stealing and Selling Rare Maps; Sentencing Is Set for September

By JAMES KINSELLA

NEW HAVEN - Edward Forbes Smiley 3rd of Chilmark yesterday pleaded guilty in federal and state courts in New Haven, Conn., to the theft of rare maps from a Yale University Library - part of a string of 97 maps that he stole between 1998 and 2005.

Chilmark Man May Plead Guilty in Rare Map Theft

Chilmark Man May Plead Guilty in Rare Map Theft

By JAMES KINSELLA

A Chilmark man is expected to plead guilty next Thursday to one or more thefts of rare maps worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to published reports in Connecticut newspapers.

Both the New Haven Register and the Hartford Courant have reported that E. Forbes Smiley 3rd, a dealer in rare maps who lives on North Road, may make pleas in back-to-back appearances in U.S. District Court and state superior court in New Haven.

Chilmark Man Jailed for Rare Map Theft

Chilmark Man Jailed for Rare Map Theft

U.S. District Court Judge in Connecticut Sentences E. Forbes Smiley 3rd to Three and a Half Years

By JAMES KINSELLA
Gazette Senior Writer

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - In the end, cooperating with the government carried more weight for map thief E. Forbes Smiley 3rd of Chilmark than the calls for punishment from the institutions he had wronged.

Park-and-Ride Theft

Park-and-Ride Theft

Tisbury police are investigating a weekend break-in at the Park-and-Ride lot on High Point Lane where an electrician’s van was vandalized and a large quantity of tools stolen. Tisbury police chief Dan Hanavan said on Thursday that he believes the incident is unrelated to an earlier incident where some youths were apprehended for stealing cars and joyriding at the same parking lot. “We had a couple of kids taking joyrides up there, but we don’t think it is related to this break-in,” the chief said.

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