Three car thefts and two stolen vehicles in two weeks in Springfield
By Christian Avard
Staff Writer | March 25,2013
SPRINGFIELD — Springfield Police are advising residents to lock their cars after a string of recent car break-ins and thefts.
According to Springfield Police Chief Doug Johnston, two cars were broken into and one was stolen March 11. The cars that were broken into were on Dewey and Pearl Streets and the car that was stolen was on Spring Street. Johnston said the owner left the keys in the car on Spring Street and police recovered the car hours later.
Two days later, another car was broken into March 13 on Union Street and a Subaru Legacy was taken from a home on Wall Street last Monday. The Subaru has not been recovered, according to Johnston.
Springfield Police reported another attempted car theft Wednesday at the Windy Hill Acres Mobile Home Park, but the individual fled when spotted, according to the Springfield Police’s Facebook page. Johnston said the recent uptick in car thefts are crimes of opportunity and thieves are looking for valuable items to keep or sell them for money.
When asked about the car that was stolen and recovered, Johnston said thieves are taking cars on “joy rides” and abandoning them at random locations.
“It’s someone going around looking for unlocked vehicles and they happen to come across cars with keys in them,” Johnston said. “I’m surprised by the recent spurt of car thefts. I think you find this happening more often in warming weather.”
The Subaru Legacy taken from the Wall Street home was green and had a “black pod carrier” on the roof with Massachusetts license plates 981BH4. Anyone with information is asked to call Springfield Police at 885-2113.