PALERMO — Waldo County Sheriff’s Office responded to a break-in at the Palermo Community Library last month.

Lt. Matt Curtis said no arrests have been made yet and added that because it is an ongoing investigation, no further information is being released.

Chris Diesch, vice chair of the Palermo Library Board of Trustees, said that in gaining access to the building, the thief destroyed the back door, forced open a locked desk drawer and took the cash box containing $60 and a checkbook. The estimate for replacing the door, Diesch said, is $1,200.

“I was shocked by the break-in to the library,” she said, “especially since the library has no cash on hand to speak of.”

The Palermo Community Library back door is temporarily secured until a new door is purchased and installed. Photo by Fran Gonzalez

One library employee who discovered the break-in said she noticed a filing cabinet, which is always locked, had been opened as well as a drawer in a desk. She also noticed paperclips and scissors scattered on the floor.

The burglar broke a double-paned glass window in the rear door of the library to get in, she said.

“I am immensely grateful to the community for their support these past weeks in stepping up to contribute to this unexpected expense,” she said, “especially since the library has such a small budget and doesn’t have emergency funds for these types of events.”

From Aug. 11 until Aug. 14, The Maine Variety, a shop offering local crafts at 2648 Route 3 in the town, is donating 10% of all proceeds to the library’s door fund. Visit for more information.

Curtis said anyone with information should contact either Deputy Casey Ashey or Detective James Greeley at the Sheriff’s Office, 338-6786.