Police catch vehicle break-in suspects: Anyone missing property encouraged to visit Orange, Athol PDs

Staff Writer
Published: 12/28/2021 3:56:36 PM
Modified: 12/28/2021 6:07:57 PM

Did you leave items in your vehicle in Orange or Athol, only for them to go missing the night of Dec. 21 or the early morning hours of Dec. 22? If so, the Orange Police Department may have some of your belongings, and there is a way to get them back.

Anyone living in Orange who has noticed their things missing from an unlocked vehicle is encouraged to visit the Orange Police Station at 400 East River St. to fill out a formal report to determine if their property was confiscated after two suspects were caught by the department’s overnight shift a few days ago. Those with a similar experience in Athol should visit the Athol Police Station at 280 Exchange St. to complete a form that will be sent to Orange. There is no need for people to file a report twice in regards to this rash of incidents.

Orange Police Chief James Sullivan said some reported belongings have been returned to their owners. But, he explained, matching more rightful owners with stolen items will likely result in more charges against the defendants.

“It demonstrates how more widespread the activity was,” Sullivan said, adding that the suspects have been summonsed to appear in Orange District Court. As of Tuesday, they had yet to be arraigned.

Some, though not all, of the vehicle break-ins were reported along East River Street in Orange, and throughout downtown and uptown Athol.

Sullivan said his overnight officers caught the suspects shortly after an apartment complex resident witnessed people breaking into a vehicle and called the police.

“My officers did a great job, and the reporting party made their job a lot easier,” he said.

The chief asks everyone to “beep before you sleep,” meaning lock your vehicles before you go to bed.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or
413-772-0261, ext. 262.

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