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Rash of unlocked car entries in Greenfield

GREENFIELD — At least a dozen households discovered unlocked cars entered overnight this weekend on Miner, Laurel and Fairview streets.

Greenfield police logged 16 vehicles entered at 12 addresses, with reports beginning at 9:30 a.m. and continuing steadily for two hours as residents rose late on Sunday.

In most cases, owners reported nothing or nothing of value stolen. A cell phone and three packs of Pall Mall cigarettes were reported stolen from vehicles at one Laurel Street address, sunglasses from another and a red bowling ball from a third. The bowling ball was recovered from a snowbank across the street. The owner of a vehicle entered on Fairview Street reported loose change taken. In several cases center consoles and glove boxes were opened and the contents strewn about.

In the past, police have attributed the majority of such low-profit petty crime to drug users supporting heroin and pill habits, but Police Lt. Daniel McCarthy said there was nothing about these incidents to indicate the motive. In some cases, he said, loose change was also left behind in the vehicles.

“People should lock their cars — we’ve always told people to lock their cars,” he said.

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