Apr 112013

“Stay alert and watch out for your neighbors,” was Groton Police Chief Donald Palma’s advice to residents this morning, as Groton police and the departments of several neighboring towns investigated a series of burglaries that officers suspect may be related.

Two Groton homes, one on Lowell Road (State Route 40) and the second off of Forge Village Road (State Route 225), were burglarized within a three day period last week. Doors were smashed in and jewelry, cash, flat screen TVs, laptops, iPods, and tablets were taken. Palma reported that there was a lot of damage done within the home as well.

Westford, Pepperell, Chelmsford, Bedford, and Billerica have experienced similar break-ins, Palma wrote in an email.

The burglaries may have occurred during the day. Police logs show the Lowell Road burglary was reported Monday, April 1, at 2:24 p.m. The Forge Village Road incident was reported Tuesday April 2 at 12:41 p.m.There was also an attempt to break into a vehicle on Schoolhouse Road reported Thursday April 4 at 2:40 p.m., but that may have been an unrelated incident.

Palma urged residents to be very observant about activity in their neighborhoods. In one instance, residents saw people acting suspiciously in the hours and days before the break-ins. “Call the police if there is any question or you see something that doesn”t look quite right. Chances are that it isn”t right,” he said.

He cautioned residents that if they see something suspicious or they see damaged doors or other unusual signs that something is out of place when they approach their homes, not to go in but to leave and call police from another location.