• Cars ransacked, stolen in Calais
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     | December 22,2012
     

    CALAIS — State Police believe three men were involved in a car-stealing spree early Friday morning in Calais.

    The group was allegedly responsible for numerous thefts from unlocked vehicles and multiple stolen vehicles being crashed off-road.

    Police said the perpetrators stole items from unlocked vehicles at area residences, apparently drove away with a vehicle if the keys had been left inside, then crashed the stolen vehicles.

    “It looks like they were just going through vehicles, trying to loot whatever they could find, then just take whatever car they could find to continue their little rant,” State Police Trooper Alex Comtois said.

    The first vehicle that was ditched was a Jeep registered to an address in Colchester. It had slid off a snow-covered Luce Road, Comtois said.

    A little farther north, the group stole a van before sliding off the same road, he said.

    Also, a Honda CR-V on Max Gray Road about two miles away was stolen from a garage, police said.

    In each case, Comtois said he didn’t believe the vehicles had been hot-wired.

    The thieves rifled through at least six vehicles altogether, according to officials, stealing cell phones, GPS devices, and purses.

    Police received the call for assistance shortly after 2 a.m. and because of the slippery road conditions, it took them about 45 minutes to arrive.

    State Police ask anyone with information to call the Middlesex barracks at 229-9191 or Vermont Crime Stoppers at 1-800-529-9998.

    “They took the final vehicle,” Comtois said. “That’s what we’re looking for now.”

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