Summer! Pollen In Air, Thieves In Unlocked Cars

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – It’s summer! It’s the season in which cloudbursts are likely during early evening after a day of sweltering heat. It’s when the pollen count kicks allergies into high gear. And it’s when roving night-time thieves test the doors of cars parked in driveways or at curbside, hoping they’re unlocked with valuables inside.

Lower Pottsgrove police confirmed Tuesday (July 9, 2019) that summer, at least if measured by thefts from cars, has arrived in the township.

Daily since July 1, the police department reported on its CrimeWatch website, its officers have “fielded approximately 15 complaints of thefts from unlocked vehicles.” Overnight hours are prime time for such activity, it noted, and no residential area seems immune. Victimized areas include Sanatoga Road, Village Lane, Danny Road, Buchert Road, Oak Drive, Creekside Drive, Brookview Lane, Randy Drive, Lee Drive and Grant Way, it said.

Police are busily investigating what they described as the “crime spree.” They believe, but did not say why, it’s likely all thefts involve the same person or persons.

“Items stolen include a handgun, loose change, electronics, and various other valuables. In all cases,” according to the website, the common denominator is that “the vehicles targeted have been left unlocked.”

Police urged township residents to help them, and help themselves too. They encouraged “everyone to remove valuables from their vehicles, and lock the car doors when left unattended.” Additionally, they asked residents to “call police if they see or hear anything suspicious in their neighborhoods.”

Anyone with information on the crimes being investigated is also asked to call the department at 610-326-1508, or anonymously provide information at its website’s “Submit A Tip” page, here.

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