ACUSHNET — Acushnet Police are asking for the public's help in finding a suspect wanted for an overnight break-in at a local business.

On Wednesday at approximately 4:44 a.m., Acushnet Police responded to simultaneous reports of suspicious activity and an alarm activation at Jason's Variety, located at 270 Main Street. On arrival, officers found forced entry had been made through the front door. The suspect or suspects were nowhere to be found.

Investigation revealed the suspect was a white male and appeared to be in his late 50’s to early 60’s. He had a heavy build, and was wearing a red shirt and blue jeans. He was operating a 2004 black F-250 Harley Davidson edition pickup truck believed to have been stolen from New Bedford. A large amount of cigarettes were among the items stolen. The vehicle involved has not yet been recovered.

Courtesy Acushnet Police

The investigation is ongoing, and police are working to identify the suspect and locate the vehicle involved. Based on eyewitness accounts, Detective Lieutenant Scott Carola of the New Bedford Police Department was able create a suspect sketch.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Acushnet Police Detective Division at (508) 998-0240.

Within the last six weeks, the Acushnet Police Department has received reports of six incidents involving breaks or attempted breaks into businesses in town during the overnight hours. The Department would like to take this opportunity to remind both business and homeowners of the following:

· Good interior and exterior lighting is one of the most effective deterrents against crime.

· Keeping trees and shrubs trimmed away from windows and doors can help minimize hiding places around buildings.

· Doors should be made of solid wood or steel construction and installed in reinforced steel frames.

· Avoid using doors with hinge pins on the outside where they can be easily removed. Equip outward swinging doors with hinges that have non-removable pins.

· An alarm system is one of the best ways you can help protect your property against burglary. There are a variety of different alarms available, ranging from very basic local alarms to monitored central station systems.

· Video technology gets smaller, better, and cheaper every year. For a modest investment, you can cover the perimeter of your business with video surveillance, and also digitally record substantial amounts of video. What you capture could play an important role in catching a thief and retrieving your property.

--Acushnet Police