Newton police warned residents not to leave valuables inside their cars after four vehicles were broken into Thursday near Oak Hill.
Victims mainly reported that their GPS devices stolen, though in one instance a dashboard stereo was taken as well, according to police reports. There were no arrests as of Friday afternoon.
The incidents occurred at 10:10 a.m. at 677 Winchester St, 10:56 a.m. at 333 Nahanton St., and 12:48 p.m. and 1:48 p.m. at 100 Wells Ave. All four had been entered via smashed windows.
In the Winchester Street incident, a witness reported seeing a red sport utility vehicle fleeing the area. He also stated he saw a person smash a car window with his elbow until it shattered.
"The Newton Police Department is once again advising the community to remove all valuables from your vehicle and to lock your doors before leaving it," police said in an email alert to residents.
"When valuables or items of interest are left in a vehicle, that vehicle becomes a prime target to be broken into. The first thing a suspect will do upon seeing valuables is to try and open the doors. If the doors were left unlocked, you just made his 'catch' easier. If the doors were locked, then the suspect may break a window to steal your property.
"So, our advice is simple: “Remove all items you don’t want stolen from your vehicle!”
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