Thieves targeting unlocked vehicles, sheds in Berks

BERN TWP., Pa. - Police are issuing a warning about a string of break-ins targeting cars and sheds in parts of Berks County. They said the thieves are targeting property that's unlocked.

"It used to be a city thing, but it's not anymore. It's a little bit of everywhere, so you just have to protect yourself," said Bern Township resident Tom Reeser.

Reeser said he keeps his car locked, but said thieves usually bypass the his older cars.

"They are old. They won't bother us. It's the guys with the new stuff. They gotta worry," he said.

"We can't stress enough that to keep your houses and especially your vehicles locked," said Det. Sgt. Michael Hoffert, Bern Township Police Department.

Hoffert said there's been a handful of unlocked cars broken into over the past couple days in the Greenfields area. A woman's wallet was stolen, among other things, and police are encouraging victims to speak up.

"Please give us a call. That's what we are here for. You are not wasting our time," said Hoffert.

In South Heidelberg Township, thieves were caught on camera breaking into at least 15 cars earlier this week.

Same M.O. All of those cars in the Heidelberg Run East development were unlocked, and cars haven't been the only targets.

"Gee, I haven't been locking my shed. I have one back there. I'm going to start locking it," said Cumru Township resident Steven Vanwinkle.

Several unlocked sheds have been broken into in the Deerfield and Montrose Manor areas of Cumru Township.

"It looks like the suspect or suspects are bypassing sheds that are secure and are targeting the sheds that are an easy in, grab what he or she wants and then easy out," said Chief Madison Winchester, Cumru Township Police Department.

If you have any information about any of the crimes, contact police or Crime Alert Berks County via anonymous tip to 847411, starting the message with keyword alertberks, or by calling 877-373-9913. If your tip leads to an arrest, you could get a cash reward.

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