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Police Blotter: Here in My Car

Vehicle burglars continue to test car doors in the borough, netting an iPod, a laptop and electronic device chargers from a handful of unsecured vehicles over a three-week span.

Theft
At 4:55 p.m. on Oct. 25, officers observed Lawrence Scharlach, 45, of Berlin, loitering behind the Dunkin' Donuts on Route 130. Upon investigation, Scharlach was discovered to be in possession of several aluminum tire rims that were taken from a residence on nearby Bellevue Terrace. He was charged with theft and was released pending a court date. 

Vehicle Burglary
On Nov. 1, a resident from Bellevue Terrace reported that an iPod and a phone charger were missing from her Toyota wagon, which had been left unsecured overnight. Police processed the scene for evidence but have no suspects at this time.

Vehicle Burglary
On Nov. 9, a resident of the Heights of Collingswood discovered that the Dell laptop and iPhone charger left on the front seat of his unsecured vehicle were missing from his car, which had been unsecured. Police processed the scene for evidence but have no suspects at this time.

Vehicle Burglary
On Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 300 block of West Collings Avenue. An iPod touch was removed from a Dodge Challenger whose owner had left the vehicle unsecured. Police processed the scene for evidence but have no suspects at this time.

Vehicle Theft
Between Nov. 12 at 10 a.m. and Nov. 13 at 5 p.m., a resident reported that a vehicle was stolen from the parking lot of the Pacific Avenue Apartments. Nothing of evidential value was located at the scene.

D M J November 19, 2012 at 01:22 PM
People need to wake up!!! Why do people leave expensive gagets in their cars? and the doors unlocked???
Joe November 19, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Agreed. In fact, maybe our police department should not even waste its time (and our tax dollars) on crime where the "victim" is an imbecile. Is there really any other way to describe someone who leaves a laptop or an iPod plainly visible in an unlocked car, especially at the Heights? Frankly, it was a stupid move even if the doors were locked. Wake up, indeed!
Ruth Rouff November 19, 2012 at 06:52 PM
If someone got into my car, he or she would get a bunch of old papers, a few empty bottles, and some paperback books.
Sean Andrew November 19, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Where do you park your car Ruth? :-) kidding
Loretka November 19, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Either they are stupid ----- or maybe it's insurance scams ??? These are happening so often that I suspect insurance fraud.
Elspeth Abel Slater December 03, 2012 at 07:21 PM
I know this is old news, but I saw the title in the archives and I just had to say: Nice Gary Numan Reference, Mr. Skoufalos...I love it.
Matt Skoufalos (Editor) December 03, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Thanks for picking up on that, Elspeth :)

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