Winthrop police are charging two boys from the Mount Vernon area with breaking into 11 vehicles overnight Thursday.

Chief Ryan Frost said items were taken from the vehicles, most on Green Street and some on Galeville and Oak streets in Winthrop.

“All these vehicles were left unlocked,” he said.

Frost said the initial report came in at 3:37 a.m. Friday. The owners reported keys, duffel bags and miscellaneous items were taken, and Officer John Hall recovered some of the stolen property that the suspects had discarded along Bowdoin Street.

By Friday afternoon, Officer Paul Ferland was preparing to charge the pair with burglarizing the 11 motor vehicles, Frost said.

“People need to lock their vehicles,” Frost advised. “We live in a relatively safe community. These are crimes of opportunity. People hardly ever break windows to break into vehicle.”

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