July 26, 2021

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Some Granite State communities see series of car break-ins

Pelham police have turned to the public for help after a string of car break-ins on Sunday night. Officials received reports of 12 car break-ins Sunday morning between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. seeming to focus on the areas of Simpson Mill Road, Goldenbrook and Hobbs. “That’s what was reported to us, the number was probably higher. All the car breaks were cars that had been unlocked,” said Sgt. Adam Thistle of the Pelham Police Department. A crime of opportunity, police said among the reported missing items were wallets, purses, loose cash and gift cards. Anything of general value visible in the vehicles. The department has started a social media campaign reminding Pelham residents to lock up, often with a funny meme.“We put it out every day, remind people to lock their doors. It prevents a lot of these crimes. The more people lock their doors, the harder it is for people to go out and do these kinds of things,” Thistle said. Officers said Pelham is not the only community dealing with this issue. Other towns have seen car break-ins as well.Authorities are interested in identifying a person seen on video pulling car door handles on surveillance video.“So that video, actually came from Hudson, NH,” Thistle said. “We’re still working to figure out if that’s the same person or not.”Hudson police confirmed they are investigating several reports.Officials said those in the area with cameras could help. “If they could look through and see if they have any movement or if it’s a constant feed to check it,” Thistle said. “Like I said, if their doors were locked, it’s possible he was in their driveway and they just never knew about it.”>> MORE FROM WMUR: Concord firefighters honored after helping deliver a baby

Pelham police have turned to the public for help after a string of car break-ins on Sunday night.

Officials received reports of 12 car break-ins Sunday morning between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. seeming to focus on the areas of Simpson Mill Road, Goldenbrook and Hobbs.

“That’s what was reported to us, the number was probably higher. All the car breaks were cars that had been unlocked,” said Sgt. Adam Thistle of the Pelham Police Department.

A crime of opportunity, police said among the reported missing items were wallets, purses, loose cash and gift cards. Anything of general value visible in the vehicles.

The department has started a social media campaign reminding Pelham residents to lock up, often with a funny meme.

“We put it out every day, remind people to lock their doors. It prevents a lot of these crimes. The more people lock their doors, the harder it is for people to go out and do these kinds of things,” Thistle said.

Officers said Pelham is not the only community dealing with this issue. Other towns have seen car break-ins as well.

Authorities are interested in identifying a person seen on video pulling car door handles on surveillance video.

“So that video, actually came from Hudson, NH,” Thistle said. “We’re still working to figure out if that’s the same person or not.”

Hudson police confirmed they are investigating several reports.

Officials said those in the area with cameras could help.

“If they could look through and see if they have any movement or if it’s a constant feed to check it,” Thistle said. “Like I said, if their doors were locked, it’s possible he was in their driveway and they just never knew about it.”

>> MORE FROM WMUR: Concord firefighters honored after helping deliver a baby