, Salem, MA

November 28, 2013

Police probe neighboring break-ins

By Neil H. Dempsey
Staff Writer

---- — SALEM — Police say two Loring Avenue residents were awakened in the middle of Tuesday night by two men who were apparently stealing items from their bedroom.

Multiple officers responded to 2 Loring Ave. after a 2:54 a.m. report of the incident, according to the police log. The residents said they woke up to find the men — who were described only as “wearing baseball caps” — stealing a bottle of change right in their room.

One of the residents yelled at the men, “at which point the male took off running down the front stairs, dropping change along the way,” police wrote.

Neither resident recognized the men. They later determined that two iPhone 4 cellphones, an iPod Touch, car keys and a wallet had been stolen, in addition to the bottle of change.

Police were on scene until nearly 4:30 a.m. Later in the morning, about 11 a.m., they received another report of a residential break-in — this one just around the corner at 107 Linden St.

A man there said he’d noticed that his laptop was missing from atop his bed — and that his building was connected through hallways to 2 Loring Ave., where he knew a break-in had occurred the night before.

He said his inside door was “easily pulled open even when locked.”

Police wrote: “He stated he left his laptop on top of his bed. He fell asleep with his roommate in the living room. His bedroom door was wide open. They never heard or saw any suspects.”

An officer determined there was nothing worth fingerprinting and that all the doors looked like they could be “easily” pried open.

Police advised him to contact them again if Apple could help him track his laptop.