Thefts from unlocked cars lead to charges for three teenagers

MONTAGUE — Police caught three alleged thieves and arrested one in a short string of thefts from unlocked cars early Sunday morning.

Arrested was Derek Parker, 19, of 105 Second St. Parker is charged with multiple counts of breaking and entering into a motor vehicle in the nighttime, larceny greater than $250, possession of burglarious instruments, destruction of property worth less than $250, breaking and entering a building in the nighttime to commit a felony, possessing alcohol under the age of 21, possession of a Class E substance and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The other two allegedly involved in the thefts, from nine unlocked cars, are juveniles and were released into the custody of their parents to be summoned to court on identical charges, less the contributing to delinquency charges, said Sgt. Christopher Bonnett of the Montague Police Department.

A resident reported three teenage males breaking into cars on Laurel Lane at 3:01 a.m. and gave police a description and direction of travel, Bonnett said.

Bonnett said he found the three on Millers Falls Road on bicycles, one of which was later confirmed as stolen from a garage on Marshall Street.

Bonnett said six unlocked cars were entered on Laurel Lane, with thieves forcing open the locked glove compartment in one. Sunday, three more vehicles were found to have been entered, two on Hillside Drive and one on Marshall Street, he said, where the bicycle was also taken.

Recovered were two iPods, a pair of sunglasses, some prescription pills, some lighters, gloves, and a bottle of whiskey, origin unknown, according to Bonnett. A large knife, a screwdriver and two pairs of gloves led to the burglarious instrument charges.

You can reach Chris Curtis at:
or 413-772-0261, ext. 257

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