WAKEFIELD — A thief got away with a $500 purse and $200 wallet, both designed by Michael Kors, and a Coach purse valued at $300 during five car break-ins in the northern half of Wakefield that took place sometime between Monday night and early Tuesday morning.
Police said the car owners all reported that windows had been smashed to gain entry. All the cars had been locked.
Patrol Officer Andrew Dorney said a Butler Avenue resident reported that the driver’s side rear window of his 2011 Honda Accord had been smashed. Nothing was stolen from inside. But a minute later, a Butternut Road resident reported that someone smashed the passenger side window of his 2007 Saturn and stole a $300 Coach purse containing gift cards to Michael’s (an arts and crafts store) and ToysRUs.
Just after 8 a.m. a Hartshorne Road resident reported that his 2006 Toyota Corolla had been entered after someone smashed a passenger side window and stole a $50 diaper bag.
At 8:45 a.m. another Butternut Road resident called police when he found the rear passenger side window of his 2014 Ford Explorer smashed. The owner said she had left her $500 purse and $200 wallet on the passenger seat. Both were designed by Michael Kors.
The final call was logged at about 9 a.m. when a Clover Circle resident called to report that his 2008 Jeep Cherokee had its front passenger side window broken. A $50 laptop bag was stolen during the break.
Police are reviewing video surveillance footage from the area as part of their investigation.
In the meantime, police are warning residents not to leave valuables in their vehicles and to keep the cars and trucks locked at all times.
Police also responded to a host of motor vehicle accidents yesterday.
The first collision took place at the Rte. 129 rotary at about 2 p.m. State Police handled the accident scene. Also:
• Police issued a citation to a driver following a collision on Main Street at about 2:30 p.m.
• At about 3:15 p.m. a collision was reported at the intersection of Salem and Vernon streets.
• Just before 4 p.m. a person calling from Audubon Road reported damage to a tractor-trailer mirror after striking a building. Papers were exchanged.
• State Police responded to a collision at the Rte. 129 rotary at about 5:20 p.m. Action Ambulance also responded.
There were no reported injuries as a result of any of the accidents. The Fire Department also responded to the accident scenes.
In other police business on Tuesday:
• A disabled motor vehicle at the intersection of Prospect Street and North Avenue was reported at 12:25 p.m. A tow company was notified.
• A caller reported that a beaver had been struck on Audubon Road at about 5 p.m.
The Fire Department yesterday responded to 14 calls, seven for medical aid. A crew went to 59 Parker Rd. at 12:15 p.m. following a call about smoke coming from the home. Fire Chief Michael Sullivan said the call was well intended but nothing was wrong.
Firefighters also went to 15 Pleasant St. at 7:20 p.m. for a fire alarm set off by steam from a shower and 4 Columbia Rd. at midnight for an apartment lockout. A crew went to 339 Albion St. today at 6:30 a.m. for a fire alarm system malfunction.