Car Smash-and-Grab Theft Thursday at Township Park

UPPER SALFORD TOWNSHIP PA – There’s been another reported victim of smash-and-grab thieves who seem to be prowling parks, trails, and open spaces in western Montgomery County.

A 54-year-old Harleysville woman had her car, a 2012-model Volkswagen, vandalized while she walked a trail Thursday (Dec. 1, 2022) at 5:06 p.m. in Upper Salford Park, 559 Schwenksville Rd., according to a report from the Pennsylvania State Police Troop K Barracks in Skippack. Upon her return to the vehicle, she found a “window was shattered and her backpack was missing.”

The backpack contained a wallet, credit cards, a state driver’s license, and school documents, she told troopers.

They examined the vehicle for any evidence that may have been left by the perpetrator(s), and the victim has already canceled all accounts related to the stolen credit cards. Troopers said their investigation of the incident was continuing.

The incident is the latest among a series of several similar occurrences at parks and trail heads within the county’s western half, most recently during mid-November in recreation area parking lots in Perkiomen and Upper Frederick townships. Two males whom troopers suspect may be involved in or related to the incidents are subjects of a Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers reward offer issued Friday (Dec. 1).

Law enforcement agencies are urging those who use area recreational facilities to ensure any items of value be removed from their vehicles, or be well hidden and thoroughly unseen, to avoid tempting thieves.

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