NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

October 11, 2012

Rowley police probing house breaks

By Dave Rogers Staff Writer
Newburyport Daily News

---- — ROWLEY — Police are reminding residents to lock their windows and doors as they investigate a small string of housebreaks that took place the last week of September.

Rowley police Chief Robert Barker said his department believes three houses, one each on Central Street, Kittery Avenue and Leslie Road, were burglarized on the same day.

“That appears to be the case here because there hasn’t been other reports,” Barker said.

Jewelry worth at least $1,000 was reported stolen from the Leslie Road and Central Street residences. Nothing was reported missing from the Kittery Avenue residence. In all three cases, access was achieved through windows, Barker added.

The burglaries likely took place during the day while families were out, the chief said. One of the families didn’t report the crime until a week after as they were on vacation, according to Barker.

As part of their investigation, police are contacting other police departments and checking area pawn shops.

Barker urges residents to make sure their homes are secure and well-lit during night hours. He also advises trimming back vegetation to eliminate places for suspects to hide.

Anyone with information regarding last month’s break-ins or to report any suspicious activity should call the Rowley Police Department at 978-948-7644.