www.wmur.com,   Jason King, February 7, 2022

LONDONDERRY, N.H.
 
Londonderry police are searching for a vehicle stolen from the parking lot of a 7-Eleven store on Rockingham Road Sunday night.


Police said they received a 911 call at about 7:15 p.m. Sunday after a man's vehicle was stolen from outside the store near Exit 5 off Interstate 93.


Police said the victim left his vehicle running while he ran into the store and that's when it was stolen.


Images taken from the store's surveillance video show what officers believe to be a woman who stole the vehicle, police said.


A patrolling officer spotted the vehicle about two hours later in the same area. Londonderry police tried to stop it, but they said the suspect drove off.

The pursuit continued to Route 111 in Windham.


Police said troopers deployed spike strips at one point but said the driver avoided them and got on to Interstate 93 South. At that point, the pursuit was called off.


"It sounds like it was a female suspect that took the vehicle. We're looking into whether she might be from the area. It sounds like she could possibly be homeless in the area as well, so those are all leads that we're continuing to follow up on today,” Sgt. Garrett Malloy, of the Londonderry Police Department, said.


Police are looking for a grey 2006 Toyota Rav-4 with Connecticut license plate 153VBE.


Police said the owner of the vehicle is in the area on business and is staying at a local hotel.


The vehicle was last seen heading towards Massachusetts. Massachusetts State Police were notified but the vehicle has yet to be located.


AAA of Northern New England says according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, about 80,000 of crimes happen annually where cars are stolen with the keys inside.


"It is something that we have heard from local law enforcement that's happening a lot more frequently these days with the colder weather. It's a crime of opportunity," said Pat Moody with AAA Northern New England.
Moody says to keep your cars locked, even if you're warming them up, and keep valuables out of sight. Article