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Cops: Car break-ins reported across Greenport last week

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Several Greenport residents said items were stolen from their cars last week, according to multiple police reports. 

Five police reports were filed between Tuesday, Aug. 4, and Friday, Aug. 7, reporting some type of larceny from vehicles:

Two cars were ransacked last Tuesday morning in Greenport, according to a report. A woman on Second Street told police that unknown suspects took a $50 bicycle, a $25 angle grinder, a $5 beanbag and a wallet from two vehicles at her residence.

Around 9:50 a.m. last Tuesday, a Greenport man told police that a radio and a knife were taken from his vehicle at his Johnson Court property. The radio was worth $50 and the knife was worth $30, the report stated.

A Greenport woman called police last Tuesday around 12:50 p.m. to report that a set of house keys and two monogrammed bags were stolen from her truck at her Second Street residence, according to the report. The total value of the three items was about $95, police said.

A Queens woman called police last Wednesday morning around 10:20 a.m. to report that she locked her keys in her car on Front Street in Greenport, but when police arrived, an investigation revealed that items were taken from her vehicle, authorities said.

A Greenport woman reported around 9 p.m. Friday that her pocketbook and a water cooler were stolen from her vehicle while it was unattended at her property on Fifth Street, according to a police report. Officers found her bag between Fourth Street and Fifth street on the north side of the railroad tracks.

A sixth report stated that three vehicles had been ransacked in Southold between 9:15 p.m. last Monday and 8 a.m. last Tuesday, but that nothing had been taken. Unknown suspects allegedly went through the glove box and pulled out all the papers.

In one vehicle, the turn signal suffered $200 worth of damage.

Police Chief Martin Flatley said the larcenies were likely conducted by local narcotics users looking for spare change.

“We always have one or two people in each area that we suspect of going through cars,” he said. “We have found in the past that it is all about narcotics use. They’re looking to do a less intrusive crime, something where they’re not smashing windows and doing a lot of damage. It’s like a crime of opportunity.”

Chief Flatley said police have one or two suspects in mind.

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