METHUEN, Mass. (AP) — Police in one Massachusetts town are urging people not to take their eyes off their snowblowers as they dig out from recent record snowfall.

Methuen police says six snowblowers have been stolen in town since late January, including three on Monday alone.

Capt. Randy Haggar described the snowblower thefts as "a crime of opportunity" and says in most cases they were left outside, unattended and unsecured.

Officer Dan O'Connell, who is out as he recovers from surgery, tells The Eagle-Tribune ( ) someone swiped his $1,300 snowblower from his driveway Monday night as he was inside getting his son ready for bed.

He says his wife's car usually blocks the snowblower, but she was at a meeting that night, making the machine visible from the road.


Information from: Eagle Tribune (North Andover, Mass.),