Saturday, 2:15 PM
Police investigating safes found in the Merrimack River
By Casey Ramsdell, Globe Correspondent
Police are investigating whether three empty safes that were found yesterday afternoon in the Merrimack River are connected to break-ins and ATM thefts in the Merrimack Valley area and throughout New England.
The safes were found yesterday afternoon near 300 Canal St. in Lawrence. Police are looking for serial numbers on the rusty safes in hopes of finding the safes' owners.
Dumping the safes into the river is an easy way to get rid of them and get rid of any prints, said John Romero, the Lawrence police chief. He said that they have seen this tactic used before.
He said that the Merrimack Valley has been experiencing break-ins recently, including incidents in Methuen, Haverhill and Lawrence. He also said that there have been ATM thefts throughout New England.
Romero said that it is a possibility that there is one large group of people targeting the Merrimack Valley. He said it could be the same people that are responsible for ATM thefts.
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