Pittsfield Police issue alert about rash of vehicle break-ins
PITTSFIELD — City police are alerting residents to a rash of recent motor vehicle break-ins.
Items reported stolen include cash, a mountain bike, tools and "miscellaneous paperwork," according to police.
According to a statement released Friday afternoon, several residents reported their unlocked vehicles had been entered between Thursday and Friday.
"Yes, the vehicles were unlocked, but that doesn't mean you have the right to enter it and steal someone's property," part of the statement reads.
One witness reported seeing a white van in the vicinity of one of the reported break-ins.
The affected areas where the break-ins occurred include: Oswald Avenue, Essex Street, Henry Avenue, Gamwell Avenue, Cole Avenue and several abutting streets.
The city police log for Thursday shows at least eight vehicle break-ins reported to police at various points throughout the day.
Residents are asked to call police if they see something suspicious and to remove valuables from their vehicles and lock the doors.
"As a child, most of us were taught, 'If it isn't yours, don't touch it.' " part of the statement reads. "Well, apparently, the person(s) responsible for the rash of (motor vehicle) breaks over the last few nights missed that lecture or couldn't fight the urge."