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Merrimack Valley

April 7, 2012

Porsche driver taunts Methuen cops

Car found flipped after parking lot antics, but no suspect

SALEM, N.H. — In an apparent taunt to police reminiscent of similar activity in the 1990s, a suspect twice did doughnuts in the Methuen police station parking lot in a stolen Porsche early yesterday morning.

Not long after the Porsche 911 spun around the station lot for a second time in as many hours, Lawrence police reported the 2003 high-end car had flipped at the intersection of Swan and Berkley streets.

Methuen and Lawrence police arrived to find the car, but no suspect in sight.

The Porsche was one of three luxury vehicles stolen overnight from Cars Inc. on Raymond Avenue in Salem. The other two cars, a 1999 Mercedes Benz and a 2003 Land Rover, had not been recovered as of yesterday afternoon.

Thieves cut the alarm line at the shop, which also services Lamborghinis, Bentleys, Jaguars and other expensive vehicles.

Salem Detective Brendan Gleason said the vehicles were stolen from inside the garage and the keys had not been left in the ignition.

With information from Methuen police, Salem police were able to trace the Porsche back to Cars Inc., where the magnitude of the theft was discovered. While car thefts are not that unusual, Gleason said having three expensive vehicles stolen at the same time is unusual.

No one from Cars Inc. wished to comment yesterday.

Salem Police Capt. James Chase said police were called to the park-and-ride lot at Exit 2 off Interstate 93 at 5:18 a.m. yesterday. A patrol unit found eight vehicles had been broken into at that site, Chase said.

"We don't know yet if anything was stolen," he said.

The parking lot is well used and there are people around there at all hours, Chase, said, noting police have had trouble there "off and on."

Gleason said police believe the two incidents are related.

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