Portsmouth police report rash of car break-ins

Portsmouth police report rash of car break-ins


PORTSMOUTH — Police are urging residents to lock their car doors and be on the lookout for any suspicious activity in light of a recent rash of overnight vehicle break-ins in the north end of town.

Several breaks took place on Brownell Lane, with vehicle windows smashed and items taken on a few occasions.

Here are more details about the incidents, according to police:

On Saturday, Aug. 2, a Windward Drive man told police he woke up to find the front passenger side window of his locked car smashed and an iPod missing from inside.

Also Saturday, a Lauren Drive woman told police a trifold wallet containing $80 cash, a license and other cards had been stolen from her vehicle. There were no signs of a forced entry.

A Cherokee Drive woman reported on Saturday that an $800 mountain bike had been taken from her garage sometime overnight, and a $200 pair of Beats headphones and a $150 pair of Rayban sunglasses from her car parked inside the garage. Police said the garage door had been left open and the car unlocked.

On Monday, Aug. 4, A Brownell Lane resident told police the passenger rear window of his locked vehicle had been smashed and a laptop computer stolen from inside.

The man said he was awoken to the sound of his car alarm going off at 4:30 a.m., but he didn’t initially report the matter. The man also told police he found in the roadway two plastic containers of coins that had originally been inside his second vehicle. While on the scene, police took a report of another automobile on Brownell Lane had been broken into.

Police were investigating three other reports that came in Monday.

In one, a car window was broken on Brownell Lane but nothing taken from the vehicle.

Two other vehicles were rummaged through on Anselmo Drive. A window on one of the vehicles had been broken, while the other car had been left unlocked, police said.

Police urge residents to report any suspicious activity by calling 683-0300.

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