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Merrimack Valley

October 17, 2009

Sisters foil car break-in

LAWRENCE — An Abbott Street woman heard glass breaking and looked out a window of her house to find a man inside her car parked on the street.

She grabbed a phone and her sister and they ran out to the porch as she dialed 911.

Police said the thief heard them coming and fled.

Omayra Montanez told Officer Ariskelda Ruffen the break happened at 11:46 p.m. Thursday. She said the person in her car was wearing a black hoodie.

Police said the car's right rear window was smashed, the radio had been partially removed from the dashboard and the console was damaged.

Woman's purse stolen

HAVERHILL — A woman allowed a couple into an apartment that she was about to vacate, and they repaid her kindness by stealing her purse, police said.

Erin McMullen of Amesbury told police she was at the Cedar Street apartment about 1:30 p.m. Thursday, removing her belongings when a man and woman asked if they could look around.

While the man inquired about the apartment and how to contact the landlord, the woman walked out.

Minutes later, the man left and she saw her purse was missing. She told police she had more than $440 cash in her wallet, along with her driver's license and credit cards.

She reported the theft at the police station about 10 p.m. Thursday.

The following were taken from area police logs for Thursday:

Methuen

Car crash: Hampshire Street and Broadway, two cars, no injuries, 9:51 a.m.

Car crash: 126 Pleasant Valley St., two cars, no injuries, 4:04 p.m.

Theft: 225 Broadway, property taken, 6:20 p.m.

Car break: 5 Pleasant St., window smashed, GPS taken, 10:54 p.m.

Disturbance: 90 Pleasant Valley St., 11:25 p.m.

North Andover

Car break: 90 Farrwood Ave., 7:27 a.m.

Car crash: 42 Second St., hit-and-run, 1:29 p.m.

Andover

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