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Rash of break-ins reported across several W.Mass towns

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Police said there have been a rash of breaking and enterings in several western Massachusetts communities over the last few weeks.

Now, police are warning residents, as the weather gets warmer it can be easier for criminals to steal your belongings.

Southampton, Belchertown and South Hadley have all reported an increase in break-in's in the last week or so. Some of them occurred in the middle of the day. 
"In the last 23 years, the only thing that we've ever had that would remotely be considered a problem was we had one broken window," said South Hadley resident Bill Luchimi. 
In the last two weeks, several western Massachusetts neighborhoods have been hit by thieves.
South Hadley police told Western Mass News that homes and cars have been targeted on East Street and Highland Avenue.

Police said in many of the cases, the thieves unlocked cars and stole whatever they could find or broke into a house when no one was home.
"I think we're safe, we've got a good police department. We do lock our doors and windows, we have an alarm system," said Luchimi. 
Over in Southampton, police reported a breaking and entering at a home on Wyben Road last Thursday.

Southampton police said no one was home at the time, but a basement window was smashed out to get in.

The homeowner reported a bathroom and bedroom were targeted.
Police are reminding residents to:

  • Lock their car and home doors
  • Leave a light on if you go away
  • Let a neighbor know you're gone
  • Know your neighborhood for any unusual signs

South Hadley's Police Chief said he is not sure if the break-in's are connected in all of the towns.

Police are investigating and so far, there have not been any arrests.

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