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Wave of Vehicle Thefts Hit Portsmouth

Police say 5 vehicles have been stolen in Portsmouth in the last 4 days.

Police are urging Portsmouth residents to look their car doors after five vehicles were stolen in town in the last five days. 

Police say five vehicles were reported stolen from Sept. 14 to 18. 

The vehicles were taken during the overnight hours from Quail Road, Ash Street, Galley Lane, Stage Coach Road and Harbor View Road. The stolen vehicles were all unlocked at the time with the keys left inside the vehicle. 

Police are now urging residents to lock their vehicles and not to leave their keys inside their vehicle. Residents should also not leave any valuables inside their cars. 

Anyone with any information on these vehicle thefts, or those who witness suspicious activity, are asked to immediately contact the Portsmouth police at (401) 683-0300.

Robert L. Risko September 18, 2012 at 05:16 PM
To the Editor: My car was stolen from my driveway in North Portsmouth on the night of September 13. The Portsmouth Police did a fantastic job of responding quickly, putting out alerts, informing me of their progress, notifying me when the car turned up, and returning it to me ASAP. I can’t remember the names of the two uniformed officers who first responded, but they were thorough, efficient, and polite. The same holds true for Detective Michael Arnold, who went out of his way to be helpful, useful, and encouraging. At no time in my dealings with the Portsmouth Police did I feel rushed or ignored. Like everybody else, I’ve heard the horror stories about victims made to feel like suspects, about cases stalled and snarled in red tape, etc. That wasn’t the situation here. Putting it simply, the professionalism of the Portsmouth Police is outstanding. So, my thanks to the officers and detectives who worked on this case. It’s actually pretty wrenching to find your car missing from your driveway, and I’m thankful I had bright, capable people to make it OK in the end. Oh, and DON’T leave your keys in the car like I did. It definitely can happen here. Bob Risko Portsmouth, RI
amy September 18, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Stupidity leaving keys in cars and valuables of course makes them easy go ahead rob targets wake up residents!
nannorl September 18, 2012 at 09:54 PM
guess i ll start locking my car hate to do it though i thought ports was safe........
Craig September 19, 2012 at 01:20 AM
I completely agree....
Robert E September 19, 2012 at 01:54 AM
You do realize it is agenst the law to leave the keys in an unattended motor vehicle you are lucky the police were so nice not to cite you. Also had your car not been recovered the insurance company could have denied your claim.
Carolann Silvia September 19, 2012 at 02:03 AM
I must say I am very surprised at a lot of things!
Matthew Tomaskovic September 19, 2012 at 04:30 AM
I work at the CVS in portsmouth, and i can't tell you how many times people have gone into the store while i was outside on break, and they leave their keys in the car and leave the car running! It's not that Portsmouth residents aren't safe from bad people. Its that Portsmouth isn't safe from their own stupidity!
jay September 19, 2012 at 05:39 AM
To whom it may concern (the entire aquidneck island), The one that should be held accountable lives on Union Street. He just recently totaled his white car when he fell asleep behind the wheel on xanax. I don't blame his mother for not allowing him to drive another one of her priuses after he crashed five. Need I remind you he was drunk driving the last prius and put a kid in the hospitol that had to learn to walk again. He will never learn, espcially the fact that snow storm night when he decided to do donuts, whatever cop responded to that incident failed to do their job. He will strike again, I hate to be the one I told you so.
Kathy September 19, 2012 at 02:43 PM
I'm just surprised there are so many dumb people in Portsmouth leaving the keys in their unlocked cars.
Island Porkrunner September 19, 2012 at 03:10 PM
I come from one of the worst crime rate cities in America so I was absolutely shocked to see people leaving their cars running outside with keys in ignition in newport. Now you are starting to read stories of teenagers taking the cars for joyrides and outright being stolen. It falls into the category of "salvage rights" in my opinion. There is an onus on the owner to take sufficient means to protect their property.
Joe Oli September 20, 2012 at 11:47 AM
Wow....did any of the perfect people leaving the "stupid" and "dumb" comments think that their comments were going to lead to anything positive? What if it was a first time mistake for someone? Perhaps the owner of the vehicle was distracted by something when they were getting out of their vehicle....that was parked in their driveway...lets say...a child fell off his bike and the "stupid,dumb" person forgot his keys to help the child out and notify his parents....or a million other things that could have made a person forget his or her keys were in the vehicle. I find it sad that some perfect people would be so quick to judge others after they have been victimized by car thiefs. I'm glad my neighbors were much more understanding of the unfortunate mishap. I live in a great neighborhood in Portsmouth but for now on it's time to go into lock down mode...Now, on a lighter note....wouldn't it be more "dumb and stupid" to leave my keys in the vehicle and lock them inside...haha...have a nice day!
Anne P September 20, 2012 at 05:46 PM
With all due respect, these people were 'victims' of their own naivety. More and more examples are executed every day in which the general populous fails to demonstrate common sense. I agree that calling someone names reflects a lot of negativity and is unnecessary, but come on, leaving the keys in the car and then feigning surprise when its taken is negligent of the person themselves. Come on people, be logical.
imsayin September 20, 2012 at 08:08 PM
what if we just hide in our cars -unlocked- and await with supersoakers of expired milk?is that allowed?
John Smith September 21, 2012 at 04:31 AM
I bet they are out there right now. Prowling the streets. Hopping fences and staying in the shadows. Looking for unsuspecting victims. One thing is for sure the crimes seem to be happening more on the west side of the island. Ever since i can remember i have been drilled about locking all doors. Thats crazy that people actually leave keys in cars. Like out of a movie. Stashed in a folded driver visor.
Marsha Sheldon October 15, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Am I the only one seeing this as trespassing? The car was parked in the drive way, key's in it or not it's PRIVATE property.
Robert E October 15, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Marsha in order for a trasspass to take place the property has to be posted No Tresspassing or the the person has to have been notified that they are not welcome on the property. Just because property is private does not mean you can not enter it. Even worse is that if that person trying to steal your car gets hurt on your property they can sue you.

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