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Series of Car Break-Ins Being Investigated in East Cambridge


The Cambridge Police wants to make East Cambridge residents aware of a series of car break-ins that were reported between Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17. Eleven incidents were reported and are believed to have taken place between late Friday night or early Saturday morning. The suspect(s) gained entry by smashing the passenger window in a majority of the cases. While nothing was reported missing in several break-ins, a laptop and cash was stolen from victims.

The car break-ins were reported on the following streets:

  • Bent Street
  • Charles Street
  • First Street
  • Lopez Avenue
  • Marcella Street
  • Otis Street (3)
  • Second Street (3)

Cambridge Police have directed extra attention to this area and a preliminary investigation has led to the recovery of a laptop stolen from a Second Street resident. Officers are encouraging motorists to take the following precautions to protect themselves, their vehicles, and their belongings from theft:


- Make sure all of your car doors are locked and windows are rolled up when leaving your vehicle, including when parked in a residential driveway.

- If you must leave packages or valuables in your car, place them in the trunk or under a blanket to conceal them so that they are not exposed.

- Report thefts as soon as possible to the police and always call 9-1-1 if you see any suspicious activity in your neighborhood.

Anyone with any information related to these incidents is asked to call Cambridge Police at 617-349-3300. Those who wish to provide information anonymously may dial the Cambridge Police Anonymous Crime Tip Hotline at 617-349-3359 and leave a message. Anonymous tips may also be sent via the Cambridge Police MyPD mobile app or via text message to 847411. Begin your text with TIP650 and then type your message. To send anonymous tips via email, visit

Additional tips to help you protect your vehicles and belongings from theft can be found at For more information about crime in Cambridge, please reference the latest edition of BridgeStat located at

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