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Unlocked Cars an Easy Target for Thieves

Bridgeville police said the thefts continue because people aren't locking up their vehicles.

Not long after , the thefts have started up again around town.

Except 22-year-old Nathan Weydener has been jailed without bond since Dec. 4, meaning someone else is now taking advantage of people who are leaving valuables in their unlocked vehicles.

“Since we arrested that kid, we thought we nipped it in the bud,” Bridgeville police Chief Chad King said, adding he does not think the two cases are related. “But it’s been going steady ever since.”

King said a man was seen prowling on Bank Street last week around the time several things were taken from a woman’s car. Police later found her pants and a first aid kit a few streets away after the person sifted through the more valuable items.

The majority of the thefts have been along the Chartiers and Bank streets corridors, and near Lesnett Road, King said.  He said the solution to fixing the problem is simple.

“Main thing is, lock the doors,” King said. “They’re not break-ins because the cars are all unlocked.”

If you have information about the person stealing from cars, contact the at 412-221-6052.

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ED December 14, 2011 at 03:30 PM
Could turn out to be good or bad advice. The best advice is to not leave anything of value in the car or if you do lock it in the trunk. A friend of mine had her car broken into a few years ago while it was parked at a downtown garage. She had a $500. comprehensive deductible so she had to pay have a rear window replaced which cost more than everything taken from the car. Locks really only keep out honest people.
Mike Jones (Editor) December 14, 2011 at 03:34 PM
"Locks really only keep out honest people." Actually, locks keep out lazy thieves. The chief said the previous suspect would walk down the street and try every handle until a door popped open. Obviously, you shouldn't keep valuables in your car (i.e. the Great Southern Shopping Center smash and grabs), but it seems like a pretty easy remedy to also simply lock your car doors.
ED December 14, 2011 at 03:58 PM
"Actually, locks keep out lazy thieves."...I don't believe that there is such a thing as lazy people. They are just unmotivated. When the reward justifies the effort the lazy become industrious. A lot of people will not bend down to pick up a penny on the sidewalk, but almost no one will ignore a $20. bill.
Mike Jones (Editor) December 14, 2011 at 04:00 PM
That's a matter of opinion, but I think we both can agree that honest people don't rummage around in someone else's car.
ED December 14, 2011 at 04:19 PM
Honesty is also relative. I imagine that at least some of the people who picked up the money that recently fell from the armored car down in USC and didn't return it probably see themselves as "honest" in almost any other situation.
Roger December 15, 2011 at 02:51 PM
ED, nah, nah, ... those picking up the money knew it was not their money. They knew keeping it was wrong. There is nothing relative about honesty. These folks know they are guilty. Innocence was not in their minds, and they will live with the guilt of taking that which didn't belong to them. There is no escaping the guilt. The bigger question is how carrying the guilt will influence them.
ED December 15, 2011 at 05:37 PM
"There is nothing relative about honesty."...Your'e right absolute honesty is not relative, but almost no one is absolutely honest. How many times have you been around someone that you just can't stand, but acted pleasant or even friendly toward them until after you parted.
ED December 15, 2011 at 05:58 PM
Oh, and I have posted comments on this site that I believe were honest and Mr. Jones deleted them because he felt that those comments might offend someone. Almost no one would would want everyone to be absolutely honest 100% of the time. That's not a criticism of Mike, but just the way things are.
Mike Jones (Editor) December 15, 2011 at 06:01 PM
I thought your comments were extremely rude and unworthy of my website. Just being honest.
ED December 15, 2011 at 06:13 PM
I didn't say my comments weren't rude, I just said I believed they were honest comments.
ED December 15, 2011 at 06:29 PM
And by the way Mike when an adult does stupid things or makes bad decisions they shouldn't be suprised or shocked when someone makes comments about those stupid things or bad decisions that might be critical or that they might not appreciate.
Conrad December 16, 2011 at 11:51 AM
I'm not so sure....With the condition of my cars, I usually leave the car unlocked, with the engine running and a 20 dollar bill on the dashboard, for the thieves time and trouble. So far, it hasn't worked. Just my luck!
Conrad December 16, 2011 at 12:00 PM
Actually, I agree with this statement. Even though the people that absconded with the money that fell out of that truck knew what they were doing was wrong, I suspect they had a "finders keepers" attitude. Once committed to the act, there was no turning back but everyone knew they weren't going to give it back. Not saying that it's right, just saying how it is......
ED December 16, 2011 at 03:32 PM
I've had some cars where they would have taken the twenty and left the car. A number of years age a friend who left her car, unlocked, window down, keys in the ignition, in the parking lot of the Monroevile Mall for two weeks and nobody took it. I told her to try a less up-scale neighborhood.

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