By John Toole
---- — PELHAM — Richard Rozzi is really counting on his pal Hunter after a series of car break-ins in his neighborhood.
Hunter is his dog.
“I’ve got a big German shepherd dog,” Rozzi said yesterday, upon learning about the crime wave, “a great big dog with teeth.”
Rozzi said he was sorry to hear about the crime trouble afflicting Kopers Lane and Dodge, Indian Valley, Pelham and Plower Roads off Route 38.
“That’s too bad,” he said.
Police on Friday announced they had responded to 15 break-ins in 24 hours.
Stolen items have included small change, cash, wallets, electronics and car keys.
Police have asked people to help stop the car break-ins.
“Citizens are encouraged to lock their vehicles and call the police if they hear of see any suspicious persons in their neighborhoods,” police said in a press release.
Word about the crime trouble is around the neighborhood.
“I had heard about the break-ins,” said Susan Hogan, another resident of the neighborhood.
Police are giving attention to the area.
“We did see the police drive by today,” Hogan said.
Even with Hunter, Rozzi takes no chances. He said he always locks up.
Hogan is with Rozzi on the better safe than sorry side of the street.
“Of course, I lock up,” she said.
Meanwhile, police announced an unrelated arrest.
They said Nikoletti Nachef, 21, of Plaistow was arrested Friday on a warrant for allegedly selling marijuana.
Police said the arrest came as officers had the Hannaford plaza under surveillance because of recent drug activity and thefts.
Officers spoke with Nachef because he was acting suspiciously.
“During this interaction, detectives learned that there was a hypodermic needle within the vehicle and also observed an open bag with what detectives believe to contain drug residue,” police said.