COLLEGEVILLE PA – Two vehicles were stolen Monday (Aug. 21, 2017) during early morning hours from the Collegeville Crossing housing community on the east side of Second Avenue, according to a Facebook post from the borough police department. One was found in Philadelphia later in the day; the second remains missing, police said. A third vehicle, apparently stolen earlier from Lower Merion, was left behind.
A “suspicious male” seen testing car doors in the neighborhood in home security video footage (at top) was being sought by police but has not yet been located. Officers said they suspected cars left unlocked by their owners with keys inside may have been a cause in all three thefts.
Police said they were called to the community at about 3:30 a.m. by a resident who witnessed the male moving from home to home, testing car door handles at each. Officers from the Lower and Upper Providence departments and a K-9 unit assisted those from Collegeville in sweeping the area to find the man, without success.
In a separate post, police indicated the man may have escaped through nearby wetlands to which he was tracked by the dog. They concluded the alleged thief attempted to steal five vehicles in all. Philadelphia police were reported to be checking the area in which the first stolen vehicle was found in hopes of locating the second.
Police Chief Bart Bucher reminded residents “to lock your vehicles at night, and take your keys inside of your residence even if you park your vehicle in a garage.” Anyone with information about the incidents was asked to call the department at 610-489-9332.
Photo from Facebook