Thefts from unlocked vehicles again bedevil Dalton neighborhood

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DALTON — For the second time this year, residents of Dalton neighborhoods are reporting a cluster of nighttime thefts from unlocked vehicles.

On top of that, a pickup truck reported stolen early Wednesday from a driveway on Ashuelot Street was found that morning parked on Circular Avenue in Pittsfield and returned to its owner.

It became clear later how the person who took the truck got to Dalton. Town police recovered a red Ford Ranger pickup on Ashuelot Street that had been reported stolen from Pittsfield.

"There were two crimes connected from two towns — and they're definitely related," said Police Chief Jeffrey Coe.

The latest larcenies have occurred in the part of town known as the "flats" — neighborhoods between Park and Daly avenues off Main Street, extending north to High Street, according to Coe.

Police are advising owners to lock their vehicles and to relay tips on suspicious behavior to the department by calling 413-684-0300. The Chevy Silverado truck taken Tuesday had been left unlocked with its keys inside.

Coe said thefts were reported Sept. 19, Sept. 26 and Sept. 29. Items taken included money, credit cards and electronics.

The town saw a similar string of thefts from vehicles March 28, when people reported that 15 vehicles had been entered and searched overnight. A truck was also stolen that day from a home on Gulf Road.

Coe said that vehicle was found in August on Francis Avenue in Pittsfield, not far from where the truck stolen Tuesday was recovered. Like the truck taken Tuesday, the earlier theft involved keys left inside an unlocked vehicle.

Larry Parnass can be reached at lparnass@berkshireeagle.com, at @larryparnass on Twitter and 413-496-6214.


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