PEPPERELL -- A spate of car break-ins early this week have Pepperell police urging residents to be careful to lock their car doors and to not leave valuables in their vehicles.

Pepperell police Lt. Todd Blain said that six unlocked cars were broken into in Pepperell on Sunday and Monday nights.

The five cars broken into on Sunday night were in the downtown area, between Herget Drive and Lowell Street.

One car was broken into Monday night in East Pepperell, near the Groton line. Blain said several cars were broken into in Groton Monday night as well.

All of the break-ins occurred in driveways, and all of the cars were unlocked with no signs of forced entry.

"I think they are all related over the last two nights. We go through different cycles of these. It is mostly wallets and purses that have been gone through that are left in the car, and small electronics taken," Blain said.

Blain said those cycles vary, but that there are usually a few car break-ins reported a month, and they sometimes come in waves. He said more often than not, the cars that are broken into are unlocked.

"It's usually someone going for quick entry and quick exit. They don't want to bring attention to themselves by making unnecessary noise from breaking a window or prying something open."

Blain said there are several steps people can take to protect themselves from theft, in addition to always locking their cars.


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"Make sure your driveway is lit up, if you have to park on the road park under a streetlight, and be cognizant of who is coming and going. "If you notice anything that you think might be unusual call the police. Try to assume that people moving around at odd hours is not normal."

Pepperell police also used its Facebook page to advise residents to park in locked garages if possible.

At this point, there are no leads as to who is behind the break-ins, Blain said.

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