Thieves Targeting Vehicles, Stealing Valuables In Mt. Lebanon

MOUNT LEBANON (KDKA) — Police are urging Mount Lebanon residents to lock up their property following a series of vehicle break-ins this summer.

“Anything from electronics, money, change, cash, sunglasses, CD players, computers,” said Mount Lebanon Police Lt. Richard Staaf. “We had one car that was missing a handgun.”

Thirty times since June, investigators say thieves have snatched items from cars.

In one case, an entire car was stolen. The blue Nissan was sitting unlocked in the driveway when it happened, officials said. The keys were in the car.

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Police say residents can forget to lock up.

“I think they get a false sense of security. I think some people just kind of are maybe lazy and just kind of feel like, ‘Well, I just don’t have time to do that,’ or don’t want to deal with that,” said Lt. Staaf. “But we just want to make people feel safe, but want them to take the precautions they need to take to make our job easier and to prevent crime from happening in our town.”

Dr. David McAdams lives in the neighborhood and leaves a lot of valuables in his car, like an iPod, a smartphone and pager.

“Maybe you take it for granted that you live in a ‘safe’ neighborhood or something, but I leave my cars unlocked, we leave our house unlocked, and that’s the way that we live,” he said.

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Police are looking at several suspects. They believe drug activity may be to blame.

In the meantime, officials are urging everyone to protect their valuables and lock your vehicle’s doors.

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One Comment

  1. David Colton says:

    Anyone who does NOT keep their vehicle locked, suffers from “terminal stupidity.” And a special Darwin nomination to whoever left a gun in an unlocked car (to be stolen.)
    In Florida, with no sign of forced entry and/or car could be proven to be left unlocked, insurance companies were refusing to pay on claims, citing wording in the policy that “policy holders are required to do “due diligence” to protect their insured items.”
    Can’t fix Stupid! And anyone who doesn’t lock their vehicle is stupid.

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