Edgartown police investigate house break-in

Officers pursued Mr. Olson the length of Barnes Road southbound into Edgartown. –File photo by Ralph Stewart

Edgartown Police are investigating a brazen robbery that occurred Friday night, October 11, while the Hoehn family watched television in their living room at their house on West Tisbury Road.

Colin and Marcela Hoehn and their two young daughters, ages 9 and 7, returned home about 8:15 pm, Friday, after a trip to the Derby weigh station. The family settled in their living room.

When Mr. Hoehn went to retrieve his Samsung Galaxy III cell phone and charger about 10:30 pm, it was missing from the master bedroom. As he and his wife searched further they discovered that their Nikon 350 camera was missing, along with about $100 in cash from a wallet and purse, also left in the bedroom.

Police suspect the thief, or thieves, came onto the property from an adjacent bike path and entered the house from a deck through the bedroom’s unlocked French doors. Police collected evidence that includes a partial hand print and are reviewing other evidence.

Detective Sergeant Chris Dolby said the family, particularly the young girls, are very upset, and police have taken steps to reassure them of their safety. Mr. Dolby said the house is located near the Edgartown School, and is often used by business employees to park at night. He asked anyone who might have seen suspicious activity between 8:30 pm and 10 pm to contact police. The photos on the camera have great sentimental value and a reward has been offered for its recovery. Anyone with information is asked to text or call 774-310-1190, email crimetips@edgartown-ma.us or call the station at 508-627-4343.