A man looks out across the Barrington River. Police are investigating a series of recent thefts along the river.
The first incident was reported on Tuesday, June 4, when a Massasoit Avenue resident told police someone stole a 9-foot dinghy off his dock. The man told police that he had locked the boat to the dock through eye-bolt, but that someone had cut through the bolt and made off with the dinghy and its motor, which was valued at $2,700.
He had been out of town when the larceny took place, he said.
A short while later, a Henry Drive resident told an assistant harbormaster that someone had stolen a pair of binoculars from inside her family’s boat. The resident said she had recalled an apparent break-in from last summer when a man in a low wooden skiff had entered the boat.
On Thursday, June 6, an Opechee Road resident called police after someone entered his boat, which was docked on the river at his home, and stolen a 10-gallon fuel tank.
Earlier this month a Knapton Road resident told police that someone stole a kayak and a hammock from her property, which abuts Hundred Acre Cove.
Barrington Police Chief John LaCross is urging residents to keep an eye out for their neighbors.
“If anyone sees people on docks who shouldn’t be there, call us,” Chief LaCross said.