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Arrest made in rash of  Greenfield vehicle break-ins

GREENFIELD — Brad Tobias waited in the Greenfield Police station Monday afternoon to identify a GPS device stolen from his truck.

Tobias was one of a string of residents whose unlocked vehicles were entered overnight.

At the station to report the theft and surprised to find the expensive electronic device taken overnight along with his chewing tobacco, Tobias said he has lived in Greenfield for years with no problems and kept to the small-town habit of not locking his doors.

“I was born and raised in Leyden,” Tobias said. “My apartment’s not even locked. Well, it’s going to be now.”

A string of thefts from vehicles in the Franklin Street area saw a quick turnaround Monday, with a report of suspicious activity leading to an arrest and recovery of at least some property.

Officer Patrick Buchanan of the Greenfield Police said the two juvenile suspects in the thefts may have entered or attempted to enter as many as 30 vehicles overnight.

At 3:48 a.m., a caller reported two people going through vehicles near the corner of Franklin Street and Wright Ave. An officer responding to the call arrested a 14-year-old charged with two counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime to commit a felony.

A Chapman Street caller reported the theft of 14 packs of cigarettes from the glove compartment of his unlocked vehicle, and a caller from Abbott Street similarly reported a vehicle breaking and entering.

Buchanan said the suspects were checking cars and entering those they found unlocked, taking a number of high-ticket personal electronic devices.

“The young folk refer to this as car shopping,” Buchanan said. “They simply go around ... checking doors as they walk down the street, when they find an unlocked car they open the door and take off with whatever’s small and valuable.”

Buchanan urged residents to lock their vehicles.

Alerted by a neighbor at 3:48 a.m. reporting two people entering vehicles parked on Franklin Street, officers responded and found the two.

Buchanan said one of the juvenile suspects fled, and the other hid in bushes while police gave chase, but the neighbor again alerted police who arrested the teenager.

Both suspects are local and police know the name of the second and are looking for him or her, according to Buchanan.

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

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