Police investigating break-ins at 2 auto repair shops

LACONIA — Police are investigating two separate burglaries of two city automotive shops.
The owner of Bayside Automotive on Union Ave. said his shop was targeted some time Saturday night into Sunday morning. He said the thieves got in through a window on the west side of the building.
Steve Cray said the thief or thieves stole a number of tools but that the items taken didn't make any sense to him because many of them were specialty tools like a harmonic balancer for a Chrysler and an oxygen-sensor socket kit. He also said some more common tools were left behind.
"(Whoever it is) is either a mechanic or an idiot," Cray said.
He said the shop has been on Union Avenue for about 40 years and this is the first time they've had a burglary. He said before the WOW Trail was built there was the occasional vandalizing of cars in the back of the building but since the trail was built there haven't been any problems.
He said his tool suppliers have records of everything they've bought and will be providing police a complete list of what was taken.
Police are also investigation a burglary at Bayview Auto Body on Artisan Court — which is reached through Gilford, off Lily Pond Road — that was reported on June 13. Lt. Rich Simmons said it appears someone took one of the cars that was in the hard and used it to break the locked gate.
Simmons said the "inside of the place was trashed" in a way that looked like the thief or thieves were looking for stuff. He said things were taken from then shop.
Anyone with any information is asked to call Laconia Police at 524-5252 or the Greater Laconia Crime Line at 524-1717.