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Montague police nab suspect in car break-ins

MONTAGUE — A suspect in a rash of burglaries from unlocked cars has confessed, according to police.

The thefts were reported Thursday, when at least 18 people noticed that their cars had been entered overnight. In some cases, cash and change were taken, as well as small items and electronics, said Chief Charles “Chip” Dodge.

“Our detectives’ investigation led them to the suspect,” Dodge said. “Once he was in custody, he admitted to his involvement and admitted that their targets were only unlocked cars because they were less disruptive and there was less damage.”

Dodge had few details on the case Tuesday, because the suspect was brought in at the end of his shift.

Dodge said the suspect told police he was looking for money and small items that could easily be sold.

The thefts occurred in the villages of Montague Center and Turners Falls. Dodge said the suspect had a vehicle at his disposal, allowing him to cover so much ground overnight.

The investigation remains ongoing, and police are looking into the possibility that others were involved. Dodge said the suspect’s name will be released once the investigation is complete and charges have been filed.

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