SANATOGA PA – “Lock your doors. Take your keys,” a national public service advertising campaign regularly urges car owners during late-night television programs. Township Police Chief Michael Foltz hopes Lower Pottsgrove viewers of those shows are paying attention. If they did, he thinks, there might have been fewer thefts for his department to investigate this week.
Unlocked vehicles on the northwest side of the township got hit hard Sunday and Monday (Dec. 2 and 3), as so-far-unidentified thieves stole wallets, credit cards, loose change, hunting weapons and other valuables from 10 different locations. Vehicles in Upper Pottsgrove and New Hanover townships were entered as well, Foltz told the Board of Commissioners during his monthly report Monday.
Several of the stolen items were electronic devices. Maybe more worrisome, the chief hinted, was the theft of two rifles. All of the crimes occurred during the overnight hours along Bliem and Yerger roads, and North Keim and North Charlotte streets. The thefts weren’t limited to just vehicles parked on the street, he added. Some “were in long driveways off the roadways,” he added.
The clear message from Foltz, in case someone hadn’t gotten it yet, was this: “All residents are WARNED to lock all vehicles at all times,” he emphasized in a printed release that preceded the board meeting.
Anyone who has information on the thefts, or who may have heard or seen anything suspicious during the period in which they occurred, are asked to call the department at 610-326-1508 or to leave an anonymous message on its tip line, 610-323-1130. All caller information will remain confidential, Foltz said.
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