LENOX — Police are alerting the public to be vigilant as they investigate a recent wave of break-ins and thefts, primarily from unlocked vehicles in residential sections of town.
Pittsfield Police also fielded reports on Thursday of a rash of similar incidents in outer Williams Street neighborhoods.
In Lenox, there have been eight incidents in the past two weeks, said Police Chief Stephen O'Brien. The investigation has produced "some solid information," he added, but residents are urged to lock their vehicles and notify the police of any suspicious activity.
Most of the break-ins and larcenies have been in the Lenox Dale area, he pointed out, listing Henry Avenue, Golden Hill Road, Patterson Road, Elm Street and Catherine Street, as well as lower Walker Street and Hubbard Street, closer to downtown.
"We haven't gleaned any suspects from our investigation thus far," O'Brien said. "But we're asking that people not only in those areas but in all parts of Lenox be alert to what is going on."
Items stolen have included pocketbooks, wallets, loose change, tools and even a pair of expensive boots. In addition, two bicycles were taken from a residence.
Most of the incidents have occurred in the evening and overnight hours.
O'Brien also urged residents not to keep their valuables "inside motor vehicles unsecured, or even secured in plain view, because that is too tempting for someone to smash a window and take what they want."
He also recommended that valuables not be kept in passenger compartments "in order to prevent easy larcenies."
Any suspicious noises, people or activities should be reported to police immediately at 413-637-2346.
In Pittsfield, as many as 10 similar incidents were reported Thursday on Mountain Drive, Pine Grove Drive, Leona Drive and Williams Street. At least one resident reported the theft of cash and an electronic device from a vehicle.
Pittsfield Police also reminded residents to lock their vehicles, and not to keep valuables in cars overnight.
Contact Clarence Fanto at 413-637-2551.