HUNTINGTON/RUSSELL, Mass. (WGGB) — When you hear of Main Street, you may think of a picturesque little town that’s quiet and safe enough to leave your car doors and house unlocked, but recent burglaries on a Main Street in Huntington have residents and business owners concerned.
Chef John Slattery, owner and chef at Four Main Street Bar & Grill talked about how multiple break-ins have occurred right outside his restaurant and nearby roads. Someone is breaking into cars and houses snatching as many small, valuable items as they can get their hands on.
“I don’t know if it has something to do with state of the economy or just the way things are going or summer heat,” he told us.
Linda Vaillancourt owns Linda’s Rive Cafe in Huntington, but lives in neighboring Russell where there have been break-ins as well. She is taking precautions though so she’s not the next victim.
“We went and got an alarm system, we got motion detector when people come out of driveway just because we were getting scared too because of all these break-ins. Sometimes I’ve seen people walking or stuff and I’ll go back and check my house because you don’t know who’s doing this,” Vaillancourt explains
Vaillancourt said they don’t take a lot of things but “quick and easy stuff and get out.”
Slattery added, “We come from the hill town culture where you’re able to leave our doors unlocked and we’re now to the point, where we have to watch our backs.”
iPods and other electronics, expensive sunglasses and cash have been some of the things stolen. State Police say these things are quick and easy to grab and then be able to be sold to pawn shops.
The best way to prevent all this is to stay vigilant and lock everything.
Trooper Rogers from the State Police Barracks in Russell wants the public to know they can call 911 whenever they see suspicious activity.
Rogers also gives other suggestions: “Watch out for your neighbors in your neighborhood. And just watch out for one another, report anything suspicious. We’re urging citizens to keep their doors locked at all times. We want them to report any suspicious activity.”
“If people report suspicious activity at the time it’s occurring, it allows us to investigate promptly and at that time hopefully catch the people in the act.”