LENOX -- Police are investigating a series of break-ins to vehicles in two separate residential sections of town.
In the most serious incident discovered Wednesday morning, a larceny from a Honda Civic parked at a housing complex for senior citizens involved more than $3,000 in damage and losses, said Police Chief Stephen O'Brien.
Officer William DeSantis, responding to the location, found one side of the car elevated on a cinder block, while the other side had fallen off. All four wheels and tires had been removed, according to the police report. This took place sometime after 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.
"It looked atypical for a small-town residential neighborhood," O'Brien said.
Noting that the vehicle sustained structural and body damage and that parts were found lying on the pavement, he asked that anyone with information about the incident contact Lenox Police at (413) 637-2346.
Also on Wednesday, police responded to the Christian Hill area, also known as Hubbard Heights, west of the Route 7 and 20 bypass, where nine unlocked vehicles had been entered during the night and their contents searched. In two cases, wallets were removed from the cars. There was no damage to the vehicles.
The neighborhood includes Taconic Avenue as well as Hubbard, Reynolds, Maple and Ash streets.
"Unfortunately, this happens almost yearly somewhere in town," O'Brien said. "We would encourage people not to keep anything valuable in their cars, including change which might be inviting to someone."
"You can certainly lock your vehicle and hope that you hear something," he added. "It would cause the perpetrator to make more noise and that might raise the bar a little bit and give you the opportunity to alert us to the area."
Police have no leads so far. O'Brien said it would be difficult to connect the incident at the senior housing complex to the break-ins in the other section of town. "They don't appear to be related, though we don't know that they're not," he said.
"We've been very lucky, we haven't had a lot of vehicle breaks," the chief said. The Wednesday cases were the first of their kind this year. Usually, he noted, such breaks occur in parking areas near recreational sites where people leave their vehicles for hiking or other activities.
"These car B&E's were in a highly residential, very densely populated area," he observed.
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