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Merrimack Valley

January 24, 2013

Police warn drivers after many thefts from cars

Same thieves may have taken electronic devices

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Thompson said that in addition to taking precautions such as locking vehicle doors, not leaving valuables in plain sight or not leaving valuables in vehicles, drivers are urged to be on the lookout for suspicious activity.

“It comes down to the same story, and that is people who see something suspicious, such as someone walking down the street looking into cars, we’d appreciate it if they would call us,” he said. “If you see a person or a group walking down the street looking into cars, it’s kind of suspicious and it would benefit everybody if people would call us and let us know what’s going on.”

On Tuesday, a woman told police she parked her Chevy Suburban at Cedardale athletic club, 931 Boston Road, and when she returned she found her driver’s side window smashed and her pocketbook containing $250 plus her license and credit cards missing. The break was reported at 7:15 p.m.

“In this case, her vehicle was locked and she said she’d placed her pocketbook under the seat,” Thompson said. “The people who break into cars in gym parking lots may be in the area, may watch you drive in, and if they see a woman walk into the gym without a pocketbook they know it may be in the car.”

Thompson said vehicle breaks have been reported at every health club in the city over the last year or so and suggests securing your valuables in a locker inside the club if possible. But, he said people have had things stolen out of gyms as well.

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