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Feb 24, 2016 4:58 PM

At least 27 cars hit by rash of thefts in Derry, police say doors were unlocked

DERRY - Derry residents are keeping a closer eye on their belongings after a large string of thefts from cars over the weekend.

“I’m worried now, I’m going to start paying more attention to what’s going on,” said Judith Holgate who spends time at her father’s home in one of the affected neighborhood.

Holgate is like a lot of people in Derry who feel safe enough to leave their cars unlocked in their driveway at night.

But for close to 30 people in three different parts of town, items were taken from their vehicles over the weekend.

“Starting with Saturday morning we started to get complaints from people that their cars had been entered and rummaged through,” said Derry Police Captain Vern Thomas.

According to police, on early Tuesday morning, seven unlocked cars were hit in the area of Highland Ave, South Ave, and Mills Farm Circle.

On the Wednesday, items were stolen from 17 vehicles in the area of Sunset Avenue, Berry Road, and Fox Den Road.

Then on the Wednesday, at least three cars had things stolen from them on Perley Road and Misty Morning Drive.

Loose change, phone chargers, and GPS devices are among what was taken.

“All pretty much small items that could be concealed in a duffle bag or pocket,” Capt. Thomas said.

“They’re probably looking for money for drugs,” said Derry resident Larry Johnston.

“Hopefully not drugs, but we have such an epidemic,” Holgate said.

According to police, surveillance video from one of the neighborhoods hit shows the suspects testing car doors, and when they were locked, the thieves moved on.

“I didn’t think anyone would have the guts to do it in this neighborhood. It’s a quiet neighborhood, you wouldn’t think anyone would bother,” Johnston said.

“This is something where your kids can run around, you can let your dogs loose and not worry, because the neighbors will bring them back,” Holgate said.

If they didn’t already, everyone we spoke with will now be locking their cars.

“Yes you’re in your driveway, lock your car, better safe than sorry,” Capt. Thomas said.

Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to call Derry Police at 603-432-6111.

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