WILLIAMSTOWN -- Several residences within The Spruces Mobile Home Park have reportedly been broken into since it flooded during Tropical Storm Irene on Aug. 28.
Police Chief Kyle Johnson said last week that while there have been more rumors than reports of larcenies at the park, some have occurred.
"Our records show that there have been nine suspicious activity or larceny calls reported to us from The Spruces since Aug. 28," he said Monday.
Six of those reports are alleged larcenies that involve a small refrigerator being taken from under a cabana; a power washer being taken from under a carport; a small flag pole and flag being taken from a yard; parts from a gas stove gone missing after the stove was sold to a North Adams resident; a louvered door and eight light bulbs being taken from a mobile home; and an antique table and rocking chair being taken from an unsecured mobile home, he said.
These reported larcenies remain unsolved, he said.
In addition, there were two reports of people taking items from trash piles. In both cases, the individuals were advised to leave the park, he said. There was also a report of a man in a red Chevrolet taking things from under carports, he said.
Johnson said the police department has increased its daily patrols of the park, and homeowners are being advised not to leave anything of value unattended.
"Personal property should be placed in the home and the home locked
David Rebello, vice president of The Spruces Tenants Association, said Monday the larcenies have slowed down as more people move back into the park, but it's a shame they're happening in the first place.
Residents have started a neighborhood watch and are trying to look out for each other, but it's a challenge, he said.
"We went through this disaster, and now we have to watch out for crooks taking advantage of us," he said. "They're adding insult to injury."