SANATOGA PA – Thefts of two purses taken by unknown individuals from cars parked in the lots of child day care centers within Lower Pottsgrove signal a disturbing trend to the township police chief, who on Sunday (Feb. 14, 2016) asked for public help in both preventing future crimes and catching the current actor(s) involved.
Chief Michael Foltz acknowledged the brazen, publicly visible, weekday morning crimes appear to target the centers when “parents are distracted by the routine of hurriedly dropping children off at a location, where they feel secure” enough to leave their cars briefly, unlocked, and in one case with its motor running.
Foltz added police may be looking for a suspect who wears all dark clothing and drives or rides in a “newer model black Ford Mustang.”
The first of the two incidents occurred Jan. 28 (2016; Thursday), when police “received a report of a purse stolen from an unlocked vehicle in the parking lot of the Kinder Care Day Care, 1550 Industrial Hwy. Stolen were the victim’s purse and contents, including an iPhone 6, sunglasses, wallet, multiple credit cards, and identification documents. So far, none of the missing items have been recovered.
Then on Friday (Feb. 12), police received a second similar report, this time regarding a purse stolen from “an unlocked and running vehicle in the parking lot” of The Goddard School, 2074 E. High St., according to the chief. “The purse was later recovered in a dumpster at the Limerick Bowling Alley. The only item that was missing was a small amount of cash,” he said.
Perhaps more important, however, was what the bad guys left behind.
A police check of The Goddard School surveillance cameras turned up that Mustang, which Foltz said “approached the vehicle while the victim was inside of the day care. A subject exited the Mustang and entered the passenger side door of the victim’s vehicle. The actor removed the purse and departed in the Mustang.”
The chief urged caution among parents who leave their children at local day care centers. He also asked for the public to “contact police immediately if they observe any suspicious activity in or around any day cares or other public parking areas.” Anyone with information on the thefts already reported is asked to call the department at 610-326-1508.
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