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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 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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