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Merrimack Valley

February 13, 2014

More thefts from unlocked cars in North Andover

NORTH ANDOVER — Once again, North Andover police are urging residents to lock their cars at night and to not store valuable items in them.

Several thefts from unlocked vehicles have been reported during the last few days. Tools, a GPS device and loose change were stolen from a vehicle parked at 10 East Water St.

The theft was reported at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Three other instances of unlocked vehicles being entered were reported Monday night. The incidents occurred at 30 Norman Road, 176 Middlesex St. and 18 Buckingham Road.

Two more cases of unlocked cars being entered were reported Tuesday morning. In most of these instances, loose change was stolen, according to Lt. Charles Gray, spokesman for the North Andover Police Department.

Gray pointed out that the police have arrested seven suspects and charged them with breaking into locked cars during the last year. The best defense against this crime, however, is for residents to take the simple precautions of locking their vehicles at night and not leaving valuables in them.

Gray also urged residents to call police when they see suspicious activity or hear a car alarm sounding. To report a crime, residents can call 911 or send a text message to crimewatch@napd.us, Gray said.

Police were able to arrest several of the car break-in suspects because alert neighbors called them.

Police chase car with womanin labor

ANDOVER — A call about a pregnant woman going into labor in a car on Interstate 93 triggered an unlikely chase down the highway early Tuesday afternoon — a chase to offer assistance.

Crews with the town’s police and fire departments assisted both State Police and crews from the town of Wilmington after law enforcement in the area learned about a car heading south on Interstate 93 with a woman in labor on board.

With a man driving the vehicle, the car was rushing down 93 en route to an area hospital when State Police started to look for the car to offer assistance, according to scanner reports.

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