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Police investigate rash of car breaks in West Newton

Posted by Leslie Anderson  October 5, 2012 01:11 PM

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Newton police are investigating 13 motor vehicle break-ins that took place overnight in the West Newton area, according to Lieutenant Bruce Apotheker.

The break-ins included three on Harding Street, two on Fordham Road, two on Taft Avenue, two on Fairway Drive, one on Northgate Park, one on Farwell Street, one on Rangley Road, and one on Hazelhurst Avenue.

Twelve of the vehicles had been entered through an unlocked door. The car on Farwell Street had a door pried open with a crowbar, Apotheker said.

Stolen items included an iPod, flashlight, GPS, sunglasses, and money, Apotheker said.

Police don't yet know if they break-ins are related, though they did occur in the same area. Apotheker said that investigators are looking at all possible leads.

"It's unusual, on a regular basis, to have this many [break ins at one time]," Apotheker said, but he acknowledged that police have seen a number of car break-ins over time.

Apotheker said that the police are looking to partner with the community to prevent break-ins, particularly involving unlocked cars. The police remind residents to lock their car doors and remove valuable items from unattended vehicles.

Anyone having information is urged to contact the Newton police at 617-796-2100, or use the TIPS Line at 617-796-2121

Laura E. Franzini can be reached at laura.franzini@globe.com.

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