Police warn of rash of car break-ins

Friday, May 16, 2014
(Published in print: Saturday, May 17, 2014)

GREENFIELD — A rash of overnight car break-ins has police searching for suspects.

At least two of the vehicles were unlocked when thieves entered them, according to police logs. Other log entries on vehicles that had been gone through made no mention of whether they were locked or entry was forced. The reports were received by police between 8 and 9 a.m.

A Wunsch Road caller reported that her wallet, containing cash, credit and bank cards, and her identification, was stolen from her unlocked car. A Leatherman multitool and some loose change were reportedly taken from a Sanderson Street car. A Vernon Street caller reported that two vehicles there had been gone through in the night, though nothing seemed to be missing. A Green Street caller reported that an unlocked vehicle there had been entered and its console rifled through, though nothing appeared to have been taken.

Multiple overnight car break-ins like those reported Friday happen from time to time in town, and often go unnoticed until the morning. Though they are often clustered within walking distance, the recent rash was spread over several miles.

Police have said that simply locking your cars doors is usually enough of a deterrent, causing thieves to move on to easier targets. Removing valuables from your vehicle can also protect you from theft. Items like electronics, cash or change in plain view can be attractive to thieves looking for a quick payoff.

While many car break-ins happen in the night, it’s best to play it safe in the daytime as well. Thefts from unlocked cars have previously been reported at local swimming holes and trailheads and in busy parking lots, just to name a few.

If you’ve been the victim of a break-in, or see suspicious people looking into car windows call your local police department’s non-emergency line. Greenfield Police can be reached at 413 773-5411 and Montague Police can be reached at 413 863-8911. For other Franklin County towns, call Shelburne Control regional dispatch, at 413 625-8200.

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