Easthampton police investigating rash of vehicle thefts, break-ins


Staff Writer
Published: 7/6/2020 3:47:50 PM

EASTHAMPTON – Police are investigating a string of vehicle thefts and break-ins that are believed to have occurred early Sunday morning.

Four vehicles were stolen and several others were broken into during this time, according to police.

Detective Sgt. Mark Popielarczyk, who is investigating the break-ins and thefts with Detective Andrew Beaulieu, said the thefts involved multiple people working together. He said the organized group has been active in Easthampton at least once before.

“We’ve recovered three of the four cars,” Popielarczyk said.

Popielarczyk said that he feels confident that one person involved with the vehicle thefts, which took place in the northern part of the city, has been identified. He said the thefts are being investigated with the assistance of multiple police agencies.

He said that police have identified a person that they believe was responsible for vehicle break-ins early Sunday morning in the Plains section of Easthampton. He said police believe the break-ins are unrelated to the car thefts. Charges will be forthcoming in both cases, he said.

Police say that they took reports from several other residents last week who say their vehicles were broken into, although Popielarczyk said that it’s not known if these break-ins are related to the Sunday morning cases at this time. Police are also asking people to lock their vehicles and take their keys with them when parking outside.

Police belive the vehicles that were stolen were unlocked and had keys in them, and that all of the vehicles broken into were unlocked as well.

Detectives are also looking for video from William Street, Kenneth Road, Dragon Circle, John Street, Ashley Circle, Strong Street, Karen Circle, Lawler Drive, Riley Street and Phelps Street.

“We’re going through neighborhoods looking for camera systems right now,” Popielarczyk said. “We’re hoping to catch a description of the people involved.”

He said video from residential homes has already helped to identify the suspect in the Plains area case. Anyone with information about the incidents can contact Easthampton Police at 413- 527-1212.

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.

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