, Salem, MA

April 2, 2013

16 car breaks reported in Salem


---- — SALEM — It was probably not an Easter egg hunt that led someone to rummage through 16 vehicles in Witchcraft Heights overnight Saturday into Sunday, stealing electronics and cash but leaving other things behind.

On Easter Sunday, from just past 10 a.m. to just after 4:15 p.m., police received reports that 16 unlocked cars had been broken into on Circle Hill, Gallows Hill and Sable roads sometime overnight. The neighborhood is located off Marlborough Road. Police do not have any suspects, according to the police log.

“The common denominator was all these cars were unlocked,” police Lt. Conrad Prosniewski said yesterday.

Starting at 10:09 a.m., a Circle Hill Road resident reported that someone went through his truck and “moved things around.” Nothing was taken, the man said. Less than a half-hour later, a neighbor reported the same thing with her car.

At 10:51 a.m., a Circle Hill Road resident reported a Garmin GPS stolen from his unlocked Acura. An hour later, another resident of the same street reported a GPS and $4 stolen from her car.

The calls kept coming, with some residents reporting nothing missing, while others reported thefts of cash (ranging from $20 to $300), an iPod and Coach sunglasses.

There was one potential witness, however.

A Sable Road resident reported that she looked out the front window while she was caring for her nephew around 11:45 p.m. and saw someone across the street looking into cars. The woman got nervous and called her sister, but by the time she got back to the window, he was gone.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.