Police investigate rash of vehicle thefts in city


Playing it safe: Joe Urban goes through his car, which is parked in the driveway of his home in the Hampton Place neighborhood in Greenfield. Urban's has been among the 100 or so vehicles ransacked in the past two weeks. He%u2019s had electronics, CDs and change stolen. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

The areas highlighted in pink show where vehicles have been targeted by thieves in recent weeks. (Brian Davis / Daily Reporter graphic)

Police need your help tracking down those responsible for upwards of 75 thefts from cars in recent weeks. If you’ve seen something suspicious or have information that might help police, call the Greenfield Police Department at (317) 477-4410.

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GREENFIELD — Stand in the garage, click the key fob, and wait for the beep.

Making sure his car is locked has been part of Joe Urban’s nightly routine since thieves rifled through his Honda six months ago while it was sitting in the driveway.

And yet, this week, Urban became a victim again.

The family thinks the thieves didn’t get away with much this time – some CDs and a handful of change – but there’s still some bickering about who accidentally left the car unlocked.

Greenfield police have been overwhelmed in recent weeks with calls from area residents who have woke up to find their cars ransacked overnight. Greenfield Police Chief John Jester estimates there have been 75 thefts from cars in the past two weeks alone. The majority of the thefts were from unlocked cars, though there has also been a rash of reports of windows shot out with what police believe is a BB gun.

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