HOLDEN, Mass. — After a series of break-ins in Holden and other area towns within the past few weeks, Holden Police are advising residents to be vigilant and to report anything suspicious in their neighborhood.
Holden Police Chief George Sherrill said that there have been two recent break-ins in Holden, and there have also been similar incidents in Shrewsbury, Northborough, Sterling and a few in Rutland.
"The surrounding towns are getting hit hard, and we wanted to be proactive and send out a message to town residents," said the chief.
Sherrill said they are working with other towns to see if there is a connection between the break-ins.
"At least in the two that we had they were right on the edge of the town-line," he said. "People are coming from Worcester or West Boylston or another community and just crossing the town-line into Holden to target a house, breaking in and getting out of town real quick."
Sherrill said this likely reflects upon Holden's reputation for strict traffic enforcement, explaining that the robbers don't want to get to deep into town and risk getting stopped.
The break-ins are occurring during the daytime by means of forced entry through windows, with stolen items including jewelry, small electronic, as well as cash and coins.
The chief is asking residents to be vigilant in their neighborhoods and in their travels, and to call the Police Department immediately if they see a person or vehicles that seems out of place.
Reports should include as detailed a description of the person or vehicle as possible and the last location where they were observed.
"If you can stay in the area and observe them from a distance until the police arrive it would be appreciated," said the chief.
Call the Holden Police at 508-829-4444 with questions.