, Salem, MA

June 28, 2013

Police: Break-ins target vehicle registrations

By Neil H. Dempsey
Staff Writer

---- — SALEM — Police received multiple reports yesterday that registrations and GPS devices had been stolen during vehicle break-ins on Malone Drive and Dodge Street the night before.

At 7:44 a.m., a woman at 4 Malone Drive reported that her unlocked 2007 Ford Edge had been entered overnight and the vehicle’s registration stolen, according to the incident log.

“Nothing else reported missing or stolen from vehicle,” wrote police.

Next, a man at the same address reported at 8:26 a.m. that the registration to his 2003 GMC SUV had been stolen, as well as a Garmin GPS device worth about $200.

His vehicle had also been left unlocked, according to the log.

Later, at 9:54 a.m., police responded to 7 Dodge St. after a report of another vehicle break-in, this time involving a 2007 BMW 328xi. The vehicle’s driver-side window had been smashed and a Garmin GPS stolen from the center console.

A second break was reported on Dodge Street at 11:01 p.m. A vehicle parked across from Starbucks had its driver side window smashed, and unidentified items had been stolen from inside.

Two detectives responded to Dodge Street and took photographs of the vehicles. They also collected a “rag with blood on it” that was apparently found at the scene of one break.

No suspects or witnesses were listed in the log items detailing any of the incidents.

Sgt. Andrew Dacy said thieves could be interested in stealing vehicle registrations as part of an identity-theft scheme. A third break-in during which a vehicle registration was stolen had been reported on Wednesday.

In that incident, a Meadow Street woman reported at 11:18 a.m. that her 2007 BMW 328xi — the same type of vehicle involved in the 7 Dodge St. incident the next day — had been broken into and several items of “significant value” stolen, including the car’s keys.

Police advised the woman to turn in her plates and obtain a new registration, according to the log.