By THOMAS P. CALDWELL, LACONIA DAILY SUN
BELMONT — Several weekend thefts from unlocked cars and trucks along Durrell Mountain Road prompted the Belmont Police Department to issue a warning to residents and pledge to step up its patrols on the Route 107 side of town.
Lt. Richard Mann said all of the thefts occurred early Saturday morning, and one victim’s security camera recorded two people wearing hooded sweatshirts and backpacks as they entered the property. One of them rummaged in the truck’s interior while the accomplice paced the driveway, acting as a lookout.
Mann said that theft involved a handgun that now has been entered into the nationwide stolen handgun database.
The theft reports started coming in as residents left their homes to run errands on Saturday morning.
“I know we are a rural state and feel very safe in our homes and communities, but it is essential that we realize the criminal element is not usually that far away from our doorsteps,” Mann said.
He urged residents to lock away valuable items and to make sure their vehicles are locked, as well.
“A locked vehicle will usually sound an alarm if the window is broken and if the door is opened from within without the use of a key or alarm fob,” Mann said. “Homes with motion-activated lights are a deterrent to thieves, along with security systems that alert you in real time when people enter your property.”
He also urged residents to arrange with a neighbor to keep an eye on each other’s property and to report any suspicious people or vehicles to the police department.
He asked that anyone with information on the weekend break-ins call the Belmont Police Department at 603-267-8350.
- Written by Tom Caldwell
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