Residents urged to lock cars

Following numerous thefts from unlocked vehicles in neighborhoods surrounding the town common area since July 31, Rindge Police Chief Frank Morrill is asking residents to be more vigilant in locking their vehicles and residences.

At the end of July, a series of car thefts had residents reporting to police the loss of cash, coins, cell phones, credit cards, wallets and GPSs, and the thefts continued in to August.

“A string of these types of thefts were committed on or about Aug. 3, 24 and 25, which all fell on weekends,” wrote Morrill in a recent release. “All occurred during the evening and overnight under the cover of darkness. What is being sought is loose change and cash. The Rindge police believe that one or two perpetrators are making their way around and up residents’ driveways with a small flashlight, and accessing only vehicles that have been left unlocked.”

The department is looking at some potential suspects, and is advising people to take some extra precautions.

“Valuables should not be left within locked vehicles either,” Morrill wrote. “Visible items of value may draw unwanted attention to your vehicle. Exterior lights and/or motion sensors may help discourage thieves from entering onto your property.”

Morrill is calling on residents for their help in catching the car theft culprit or culprits: “I am encouraging all residents to report anything that may wake you up in the middle of the night, instead of dismissing it, going back to sleep and later finding out that you have become a victim of theft. I am also encouraging residents to report anyone unfamiliar to you walking in your neighborhood during the day or night.”

Police ask that resident call in tips to 899-5009 or, after business hours, to 355-2000.

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