Thieves grab valuables from cars near Trail, Park

SKIPPACK PA – Don’t venture out without hiding your valuables, the Pennsylvania State Police are warning walkers, hikers and cyclists in Montgomery County.

Troopers at Troop K barracks in Skippack have encountered more thefts of motor vehicles parked in or near Montgomery County recreation areas, they reported Thursday (Nov. 17, 2022). Research indicates that some trail and park users leave valuables in plain sight in their cars, which leads to theft. Others left their car doors open.

Avoid both, troopers urged. Store valuables in a place where they cannot be seen; in your trunk for example. Check that all doors are locked before going out into nature.

The four most recent incidents occurred within less than 90 minutes of each other at two separate locations in the townships of Perkiomen and Upper Frederick.

In the municipality of Perkiomen

“Multiple vehicles were broken into on Nov. 10 (Thursday) through unlocked doors or smashed windows,” troopers discovered when they responded to a parking lot on Gravel Pike on Harrison Road in Perkiomen at 1:40 p.m.

The thieves made off with $2,080 in cash, a $35 wallet and a $100 diaper bag they picked up from a 2020 Volkswagen, a 2021 Toyota and a 2020 Acura. A damaged window was additionally valued at $400 The victims included a 32-year-old Perkasie resident, a 31-year-old from Royersford and a 61-year-old from Schwenksville, troopers said.

In Upper Frederick Township

Thieves struck again on Nov. 10 around 2:30 p.m., troopers said, at Green Lane Park in Upper Frederick.

A victim’s Nissan 2020 was driven into after the rear window was smashed and a designer wallet containing several credit cards and IDs was seized. Shortly after the theft, troopers said, the victim was told that a credit card had already been used at the Walmart in nearby East Greenville.

The car was checked for fingerprints, but the report does not say whether any fingerprints were found. Troopers also investigated alleged credit card fraud at Walmart. Their investigation is continuing, they said.

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