Falls police battled a barrage of car break-ins and thefts on the eve of the July 4th holiday.
Officers were called to the parking lots of three South End hotels and a popular tourist attraction to investigate a half dozen vehicle break-ins and one car theft.
A Connecticut tourist told officers that between 5 p.m. July 1 and 11 p.m. July 2, someone broke into his vehicle in a parking lot in the 200 block of First Street, by unknown means and took a silver bracelet, valued at $1,000 and $300 cash.
A California woman told police that sometime between 12:15 and 11 a.m. Wednesday, someone smashed the rear driver-side window of her 2014 Toyota but took nothing from the vehicle. The hotel manager told police that a parking lot camera "was not working" at the time of the incident in the 500 block of Rainbow Boulevard.
A tourist from Valley Stream, New York, told officers that her 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 pick-up truck was broken into in the same Rainbow Boulevard hotel parking lot between 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. Wednesday. The victim said a pack of cigarettes was taken from the truck.
In that case, an exterior surveillance camera was able to capture the incident on video. The video shows a male suspect approach the truck at 3:30 a.m. and smash a passenger-side window.
An Indiana man had his 2016 Ram 1500 broken into in the parking lot of a hotel in the 100 block of Buffalo Avenue between 6 and 7 a.m. Wednesday. The passenger-side window of the truck was damaged but nothing was taken.
And a Michigan tourist had a GPS system taken from his 2019 Dodge Caravan after it was entered in the parking lot of a hotel in the 500 block of Rainbow Boulevard. The victim said the driver-side window on the minivan was smashed.
Once again, surveillance cameras captured video of the incident and showed a male suspect breaking into the vehicle.
Later in the day, between 11:50 a.m. and 5:57 p.m., someone broke into a vehicle parked in the lot of a tourist attraction in the 700 block of Whirlpool Street. A Falls woman told police that someone broke the passenger-side window of her 2009 Chevy Trailblazer and took the vehicle's stereo system and an iPod.
Shortly after the SUV break-in, a Webster, New York tourist reported to police that his 2017 white Ford Escape had been stolen from the same parking lot. The victim said a purse, headphones and hiking boots were left inside the car.