Police warn of car break-ins at trail lot

LYNDEBOROUGH — Police are urging people to lock cars and keep valuables out of sight, following a rash of break-ins and thefts from cars and trucks parked at the McClellan Trail parking lot on Purgatory Road, which is also known as the Purgatory Lower Falls parking area.

The lot serves hikers who stop off for a scenic jaunt on the trail along a series cascades that pass through a narrow gorge. And now at the height of foliage season, drivers are cautioned to beware of break-ins.

According to Lt. Rance Deware, officer in charge of the Lyndeborough Police Department, there have been seven instances of vandalism or theft, recently, with most of the vehicles having windows broken.

On Oct. 2, a passenger door window of a Dodge truck parked in the lot was smashed and a debit card and $350 in cash was stolen. The following day, the passenger door windows of two cars parked in the lot were broken and cash, credit cards and a set of keys were taken. And on Oct. 8, a purse and valuables were stolen from a Honda Element parked at the lot, after the passenger window was smashed.

All three incidents were reported in the early afternoon hours.

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