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Vehicle break-ins reported in Derry, Ligonier townships

| Thursday, June 25, 2015, 11:39 p.m.

Police are urging motorists to lock their vehicles and report suspicious activity because of a string of car break-ins in Ligonier and Derry townships during the past few days.

Six break-ins occurred in Derry, and five were in the village of Wilpen, police said.

“We want to urge people to continue calling, or if there is something suspicious to call us,” Ligonier police Chief Michael Matrunics said.

Authorities couldn't say whether the thefts in the two townships were related.

A Robb Road resident reported a theft from a vehicle June 17 around 6 a.m. Within the hour, four more reports came in about thefts on Ramsey Road and Hotel Road, Matrunics said.

All five vehicles involved in those thefts were unlocked. Items taken included briefcases, checkbooks, purses, cash, change and several tools. Matrunics said police have received reports of a suspicious vehicle and suspicious activity in Wilpen since the burglaries.

During the weekend, a Hotel Road resident reported a possible attempt to steal a vehicle. The vehicle, which had keys inside, was started but couldn't be moved because of mechanical issues, Matrunics said.

Such incidents haven't occurred in the area for a while, he said.

State police at Greensburg said all six Derry break-ins involved unlocked vehicles and occurred from June 19-22.

On Walnut Street, a computer valued at $800 was swiped, police said. Sunglasses valued at $240 and $75 in loose change were taken from a vehicle on Abbot Street, police said.

Cash totaling $155 and a pair of sunglasses were removed in the other thefts on Fairmont, Church and Mary streets, state police said.

Reach Ligonier police at 724-238-5105. Reach state police at Greensburg at 724-832-3288.

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