Newmarket police warn of attempted generator theftsBy JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent
November 02. 2017 7:54PM
NEWMARKET — Police are warning residents still in the dark from this week’s windstorm to chain up their generators after it appears someone may have tried to steal a generator outside a local residence.
Sgt. Gregory Jordan said police received a call from an Ash Swamp Road resident Wednesday morning concerning an attempted generator theft.
He said the resident told police that a neighbor had called him to tell him that when he came home from work Tuesday afternoon he found his generator and a couple of gas cans at the end of his driveway. The generator was attached to the house and running earlier in the day, Jordan said.
The neighbor believes someone hauled the generator closer to the road with plans to come back and steal it. Jordan said the generator was moved about 50 to 70 yards away from the house.
The resident who called police to report the attempted theft at his neighbor’s house also told authorities that he saw a suspicious vehicle in his own driveway when he awoke around 4 a.m. Wednesday to check on his generator after it ran out of gas.
Jordan said the resident reported seeing headlights coming up his driveway and when he aimed his flashlight at the vehicle the driver quickly put it in reverse and sped away at a high rate of speed.
Jordan said police have received no other reports of attempted generator thefts, but he warned that residents should take precautions and make sure that their generators are secure.
“Clearly in the first incident it appears somebody was trying to steal that one,” Jordan said.
Jordan said he’s heard about generator thefts happening in other communities facing extended power outages, but this was the first incident he’s seen in Newmarket, which still had more than 100 Eversource customers without power Thursday evening.
Jordan said people head off to work with the generators outside, making them a target for thieves who think they can sneak up and grab them.
He urged anyone who sees anything suspicious to call the Newmarket Police Department immediately at 659-6636.