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Aspinwall thieves target unlocked cars during crime spree

Tawnya Panizzi
| Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, 3:00 p.m.

The Aspinwall Neighborhood Watch is reminding residents to lock their vehicles after a rash of thefts last month.

Borough police are investigating thefts from 21 unlocked cars.

Police Chief David Caplan said the thefts occurred on Jan. 23. None of the unlocked cars were damaged.

Thieves made off with small amounts of cash and a laptop during the spree, Caplan said.

“It was sometime in the middle of the night that the vehicles were entered and property was stolen,” Caplan said. “We are collaborating with all of our partners to develop suspect identities.”

Police have increased night patrols since the thefts and Caplan encouraged residents to report anything suspicious they see at night.

Tripp Clarke, a member of the Aspinwall Neighborhood Watch, said residents have to look out for each other to curb this kind of crime.

“Please let this serve as another reminder to always lock your vehicle when it is unattended,” he said. “If you saw anything suspicious, or ever do, please call 911 immediately. Keep an eye out for your fellow neighbors.”

Tawnya Panizzi is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-782-2121, ext. 2 or tpanizzi@tribweb.com.

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