MIDDLETOWN — Local authorities are hoping the public can provide details following a break-in and theft at the city’s military museum during which the suspect wielded an ax to gain entrance.

Middletown police responded to a burglar alarm at the Greater Middletown Military Museum on Walnut Grove Road early Tuesday, according to a release. The individual took off with a single item .

Officer Aura Smith and canine Diezel conducted a track for the suspect and evidence, which was located by the K-9 team, however, police did not say what was discovered.

One item was taken, according to founder and past President Ron Organek, who believes the individual visited the facility the day before.

The individual broke two windows in the process of the break-in, one in the vestibule and the other adjacent to the glass door, Organek added.

“It was like a car windshield, glass was shattered all over the inside of the room. One cabinet was smashed. They knew what they were looking for,” he said he believes.

“It was really devastating to take even that one piece. This is a history of what we, and the military, have gone through, the history of Middletown, in a sense,” Organek said.

Everything is back in order, he said, with the help of city personnel, including police and the Public Works Department.

Review of the building’ video surveillance shows a suspect wearing a mask using an ax to force entry into the building.

Police are asking nearby residents to check their security cameras to see if the suspect is recorded on video between Monday at 10 p.m. until Tuesday at 7 a.m. They are referring people to the Neighbors by Ring website neighbors.ring.com.

The museum houses a vast array of military memorabilia from throughout Connecticut and beyond, including models of the Pratt and Whitney Spitfire Mark I and Lockheed Hercules aircraft, a library of war books and other publications, U.S. Navy and other uniforms, and a Huey helicopter from former members of the Laotian Special Guerilla Unit.

Those with information should contact Detective Chris Iovene at 860-638-4148.

Editor’s note: Check back for updates on this developing story.

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