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October 10, 2012

Residents urged to lock car doors

CAIRNBROOK — A day after Paint Township police urged residents to lock car doors, police in Shade Township echoed the same warning.

Shade police said thieves have entered 43 unlocked vehicles since late August, stealing mostly money and several GPS units.

“It should be a big concern,” Shade police Chief Tom Holland said.

Money from purses and wallets also has been taken.

“They will take the money out of the wallet and throw it aside,” Holland said.

No estimate was available on the amount of money taken.

Police believe as many as four people are responsible for thefts in the Cairnbrook, Bunker Hill and Shaffer Mountain areas of the township.

The crimes are believed to be drug related, the chief said.

Three homes also were entered in recent weeks.

Two were broken into while the third was unlocked, Holland said.

Someone jimmied the lock on the door of a home in the Cairnbrook area Wednesday, making off with about $3,000 in jewelry.

Police believe another group is responsible for the home burglaries. Residents are urged to lock their vehicles and keep valuables out of sight.

Anyone with information on the crimes is asked to contact police by calling the Somerset County non-emergency number (800) 362-5060.

Thieves entered four unlocked vehicles in Windber recently, making off with more than $1,000 in electronic items.

It’s not known how many of the incidents are related.

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