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Yesterday afternoon, an elderly female resident received a knock on her door from a male subject who offered to remove snow/ice from the front of her property. The resident took the subject up on his offer and at some point, the subject was given the keys to the resident’s car to assist with retrieving recently purchased grocery items. The subject did in fact remove the snow/ice, but he also stole the elderly resident’s vehicle. Thanks to Ofc. Westbrook for responding to the call and getting a lookout broadcast for the resident’s vehicle and to Officer Matos who spotted the vehicle and made the apprehension of the male subject who was placed under arrest. Remember to lookout for our elderly residents and those who may need assistance with snow removal during the winter season. Thanks.
and in other car theft related news, don’t leave your unlocked cars running to warm up:
PSA 201 had 2 cars stolen last night. I have received reports that a group of 3 males were seen riding around in a silver BMW yesterday during the evening hours looking at cars. One of the vehicles that was stolen had been left running by the owner (warming up). One of the males from the suspected BMW jumped in the unoccupied car and stole it.
Please make sure that when warming your vehicle during these colder months that you still lock the doors (keeping an extra key). During this time of year, perpetrators ride around looking for cars that are idling and unoccupied. This makes for an easy theft.