Thieves Grab Valuables from Cars Near Trail, Park

SKIPPACK PA – Don’t hit the trail without hiding your valuables, Pennsylvania State Police are cautioning Montgomery County walkers, hikers, and bicyclists.

Troopers from the Troop K Barracks in Skippack have encountered more incidents of thefts from motor vehicles parked at or near Montgomery County recreational areas, they reported Thursday (Nov. 17, 2022). Investigations indicate some trail and park users are leaving valuables in plain sight in their cars, enticing smash-and-grab thievery. Others left their vehicle doors unlocked.

Avoid both, troopers urged. Put valuables where they can’t be seen; in your trunk, for example. Check to ensure all doors are locked before you head off into nature.

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

In Perkiomen Township

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

The thieves made off with $2,080 in cash, a $35 purse, and a $100 diaper bag collected from a 2020 Volkswagen, a 2021 Toyota, and a 2020 Acura. A damaged window was additionally valued at $400. The victims were 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 Nov. 10 at about 2:30 p.m., troopers said, at Green Lane Park in Upper Frederick.

A victim’s 2020 Nissan was entered after its rear window was smashed, and a designer purse carrying several credit cards and forms of identification was taken. Shortly after the theft, troopers said, the victim was notified that one credit card had already been used at the Walmart in nearby East Greenville.

The car was processed for fingerprints, but the report did not specify if any were discovered. Troopers also investigated the alleged credit card fraud at Walmart. Their investigation is continuing, they said.

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