, Salem, MA

August 1, 2013

Police probe grab-and-run thefts

By Neil H. Dempsey
Staff Writer

---- — SALEM — Police received multiple reports of grab-and-run thefts this week, with thieves targeting parked vehicles and even a baby carriage.

Shortly before 8 p.m. on Tuesday, a man told police that he’d seen a bearded man grab a $100 Kodak camera from his vehicle near the MBTA station on Bridge Street and then run down the tracks toward Beverly, according to the incident log.

The suspect was described as being white and wearing blue jeans and a blue Red Sox shirt. Police were unable to locate him.

Then, yesterday about 1 p.m., somebody reported that a female had reached into a vehicle’s window at Pearl and Cross streets and grabbed a purse. The suspect fled the scene, but after interviewing the victim and a witness, an officer arrested Casey Brown, 22, of 3 Cross Street Court, Salem, on charges of larceny of property over $250 and entering without breaking into a motor vehicle.

An officer had requested a warrant for Brown two weeks before in regard to a similar incident in the same area, said Lt. Mary Butler.

The incident involving a baby carriage occurred in Peabody on Tuesday night. Lt. Arthur Yeo said that two white males — both described in the log as being approximately 5 feet 5, one wearing black basketball shorts and a dark T-shirt, the other in black baggy sweatpants and a dark shirt — were seen grabbing a silver wallet from a baby carriage that a female had left in the track area behind 75 Central St.

There was no baby in the carriage at the time.

The female’s friend saw the incident and pursued the suspects, but they ran down Central Street and were last seen headed toward Goldberg Road. Police searched the area but were unable to locate them.

An officer advised the female to cancel her credit cards.