Authorities investigating after two cars stolen in Exeter, one found burning in StrathamBy JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent
October 19. 2017 12:39PM
EXETER — Police in Exeter and Stratham are investigating after two cars were stolen and one was possibly set ablaze.
Exeter police Capt. Michael Munck said the cars were taken from an apartment parking lot on Chestnut Street in Exeter sometime late on the night of Oct. 14 or the early morning of Oct. 15.
One of the cars was later found burning in Stratham while the other was located in Exeter not far from where it was taken, Munck said.
Stratham Police Chief John Scippa said the cause of the car fire must still be determined and that the State Fire Marshal’s Office was called to assist with the investigation.
Exeter and Stratham investigators are working together on the case.
“We’re going on the theory that these two cases are connected,” Munck said.
Scippa said the car was discovered at a construction site for a new home on Wiggin Way. He said police responded to the area after a resident who lives nearby reported what was believed to be a brush fire but was later determined to be the car on fire.
Munck said both vehicles belonged to the same family and were unlocked with the keys inside when they were stolen.
The car found in Exeter wasn’t damaged and it didn’t appear that anything was stolen from inside, Munck said.
“We have no indication that the victims knew the perpetrator. Right now it appears it was a crime of opportunity,” Munck said. “Obviously there’s potential that the suspects are local and we feel there are people who know about what happened and we would encourage them to come forward.”
Police are also urging people to lock up their cars.
“We would just encourage people to safeguard their belongings, put their windows up, lock their cars, and don’t leave their keys in there,” Munck said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Exeter Police Department at 772-1212, the Stratham Police Department at 778-9691, or leave an anonymous tip with Seacoast Crime Stoppers by texting TIPSCS to CRIMES (274637) or by calling 431-1199. Rewards of up to $1,000 are possible if information leads to an arrest or conviction.