HOLLAND, Mass. (WWLP) – Local and state police are continuing to investigate multiple cases of car break-ins and thefts in Holland and Wales.
According to Holland Police Chief Bryan Haughey, the crimes are believed to have been committed during the early morning hours of November 22. In total, there were 21 reports of vehicle break-ins and three reports of vehicle thefts in Holland, and nine reports of break-ins in Wales.
Only one of the stolen vehicles has been recovered. The other two — a 2015 gray Ford Explorer with NH plate 106155 and a 2013 gray Acura TL with MA plate 6WE143 — have not been found.
Haughey said their investigation has led them to believe a group of people from Connecticut are responsible for the crimes.
“We did recover some property from a break in Holland down in Glastonbury, Connecticut,” Chief Haughey explained. “And we also have some information of a credit card down in the Hartford area.”
All the vehicles targeted in Holland were allegedly unlocked, and at least two of the three cars stolen had their keys left in them.
Police are now urging residents to:
- Lock all doors and close all windows in your vehicle when left unattended, especially when parked overnight.
- Remove loose change, cash, wallets, pocket books and credit cards from your vehicle when unattended.
- Remove all keys from your vehicle when unattended. If you carry a key fob do not leave it in your vehicle and be sure to place it a distance away from your vehicle when in your home. Some models have a range where the vehicle can still start and run even if in close proximity to the vehicle.
- Report any and all suspicious activity you witness.
- Consider proper lighting and motion detecting lights for your property.
Anyone with information that could be helpful to police is asked to call 413-245-0117.