Vehicle break-ins reported

RINDGE — Police are investigating a rash of vehicle break-ins that occurred between South Main Street and the center of town Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, according to Police Chief Frank Morrill.

As of press time Wednesday, police had received more than a dozen reports from residents who said various items such as pocket change and electronics had been stolen from their unlocked vehicles. No windows were smashed to gain entry, Morrill said.

“A suspect on foot canvassed the entire length of Main Street under the cover of darkness,” Morrill said, adding that there were no witnesses to the alleged crimes. “Based on police information, this is a known entity and we do have suspect information.”

Often in cases like this, Morrill said criminals are looking for items that they can sell or pawn in exchange for quick cash to pay for drugs. A similar motive can be cited in cases of house break-ins throughout town in recent years, he noted.

There are people in town who don’t lock their homes or car doors at night, but Morrill said he is seeking to change that by creating more awareness about the potential for thefts and break-ins in Rindge.

“We are in a different time now and things have changed,” he said. “We’re a border town to Massachusetts and in that we’re vulnerable. You never know who is going to come through your neighborhood.”

Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 228 or adandrea@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter at @alyssadandrea.

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