ROCKLAND — A stolen car recovered in Rockport led city police to a ransacked house on Lakeview Drive.
Deputy Police Chief Wallace Tower said police discovered the ransacked house during their response to a report from Rockport police about an abandoned vehicle. The 1995 Chevrolet Camaro was found in damaged condition at 5 p.m. Wednesday on Chickawaukie Pond Road, Tower said.
The Camaro was registered to Jean Green of Gray. When authorities contacted Green by telephone, she informed them that she was storing her car at the garage of her mother, Susan Hadlock, on 135 Lakeview Drive. When police checked out the mother’s home they discovered that it had been forcibly entered and ransacked. The house was unoccupied, as Hadlock has been staying with relatives for the winter.
“Thus far we don’t know what, if anything, is missing from the house,” Tower said Thursday. “We do know it was burglarized and ransacked.”
Tower noted that the Hadlock residence and garage were locked and that whoever stole the Camaro had to smash it through the garage door in order to drive off. Damage to the car and garage door was estimated at $2,000. Tower said estimates were still being compiled on the damage to the ransacked interior of Hadlock’s house.
Tower cautioned that the break may have been avoided had Hadlock notified police of her intentions to be away for the winter.
“People have to be aware that when they go away and leave their house vacant they should let us know,” Tower said. “That way we can do regular house checks.”
Detective Michael Murphy was assigned the investigation, Tower said.