Town Board Hears Update On Thefts, Snow Prep

BUSTI — The recent rash of vehicle break-ins was discussed at a meeting of the Busti Town Board on Monday.

John Bentley, Lakewood-Busti police chief, told the board there have been numerous thefts from parked cars in the area most notably in the village of Lakewood. Previously, he said one of the issues is that doors aren’t locked, which allows easy access for items in the vehicle.

Bentley said he has created an incident analysis report which detailed the recent vehicle thefts. Overall, he said the Lakewood-Busti Police Department has responded to 8,779 incidents this year.

Busti Highway Superintendent Melvin Peterson said the town has sand and salt stocked in preparation for upcoming snowfall. Though much of this week’s snow is expected to fall in the north end of the county, town crews are preparing to plow local roads this week.

The town board also heard a report from the Lakewood Fire Department. Firefighters responded to 16 requests for emergency services (EMS), as well as two motor vehicle crashes and two fires. The department also responded to three fire alarms that proved accidental.