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BPD on high alert after yet another case of vehicle tampering

by: Jessica Reyes Updated:

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BOSTON - A Boston police officer's personal car may have been tampered with, according to the department.

It’s the seventh time a police officer has had their car tampered with in the city of Boston, but it’s the first time it’s happened at the West Roxbury station. 

Police issued a warning to all officers that, once again, it looks like a police officer’s personal car has been messed with.

It happened Friday at the E-5 station when an officer noticed an exposed bolt on the back passenger wheel of his car.

A report from the Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC) says when the officer looked closer, “it was determined that lug nuts had been loosened significantly on 3 of the 4 tires."

FOX25 has been reporting on incidents like this targeting police officers’ personal cars since July and this is the seventh in the city of Boston.

In July of 2016, something similar happened to an officer working in A-1 downtown.

Less than three weeks later, on Aug. 4, the back tire of an MBTA police officer's car fell off as he was leaving a BPD facility parking lot in Dorchester. 

Then, on Aug. 10, an officer from East Boston had trouble steering and a police report obtained by FOX25 says she found two of her lug nuts were gone and another was loosened. 

The most recent incident happened in February when an officer driving to work in Charlestown noticed a grinding noise coming from the back of his car, then found 4 of the 5 lug nuts on the back driver's side wheel were loose.  

Police don't know if the incidents are connected or related in any way, but they're urging all officers to use extra caution especially -- coming and going from district stations.

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