On Friday, January 20, 2022, two separate victims reported that their vehicles had been entered and belongings were stolen from inside. Both vehicles were in the parking lot across from the Upper Allen Township Dog Park, located at 321 Gettysburg Pike. Based on information developed during the investigation, the thefts occurred between 5:00 pm and 5:25 pm on Friday, January 20th. One of the vehicles had the rear passenger window smashed in order for the thief to gain access to the purse. The other purse was stolen from an unlocked vehicle.
Anyone with information regarding this crash is asked to call 717-238-9676. An anonymous tip line is also available by calling or texting 717-850-UAPD (8273). Anonymous tips can also be submitted online by visiting: www.upperallenpolice.com
Unfortunately, car break-ins occur often. Sometimes these thefts can be attributed to organized groups who travel and focus on particular types of locations such as Fitness Centers or large shopping mall parking lots. Some are simply “opportunistic” thieves who find themselves in a residential neighborhood or parking lot and decide to enter cars on a whim to take valuables. The majority of times when these cars are entered, especially forcibly, valuables or containers that hold valuables like purses, briefcases, and backpacks are left out in plain view.
The Upper Allen Police want to remind people that depending on the situation, sometimes the safest place for purses, wallets, and other valuables is on their person or at home. If carrying the item or leaving it at home is not practical, then hiding it well out of sight in a secured vehicle is strongly recommended.