Northampton police respond to string of car break-ins 

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Published: 8/13/2018 1:46:11 PM

NORTHAMPTON — At least four unlocked cars were broken into over the weekend near the city’s downtown in what police described as “opportunity crimes.”  

“Lock your cars,” Northampton Police Lt. Craig Kirouac said when asked what advice he had for people after the rash of break-ins. He said thieves often don’t want to make a scene by physically breaking into a car. Instead, they look for visible objects like bags and laptops, and then see if a car door is unlocked.

The first break-in happened at 59 North St. sometime between Friday afternoon and Saturday morning where loose change was stolen from an unlocked car, police said. No suspect was identified.

Then, on Saturday, someone broke into an unlocked car and stole a wallet — including cash and cards — at the Speedway convenience store at 237 King St. No suspect was seen in that case, either.

On Sunday at around 10:38 a.m., a person witnessed someone going through an unlocked car at 20 Fruit St. The owner of the car called police and the male suspect fled. Police said they later located a person matching the description of the suspect, but could not determine whether it was the same person who broke into the vehicle that morning. Nothing was stolen from the car.

Finally, at 4:55 p.m. on Sunday, another person witnessed someone searching through an unlocked car near the Smith College athletic fields on West Street. The police were again called and the suspect fled into the woods near the Mill River where a search ensued.

Police said the suspect was not found despite the work of a police dog searching the area. There was ultimately nothing stolen from the car.

In addition to making sure car doors are locked​, ​​​​​​Kirouac advised people not to leave valuable items in plain sight as thieves will often go into unlocked cars and steal things that are readily available and visible. 

Dusty Christensen can be reached at dchristensen@gazettenet.com.


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