Thieves are taking cash from cars

Posted: September 5, 2013

The Winchester Star

STEPHENS CITY — Several vehicle owners along two streets in the Stephens Landing subdivision woke up on Wednesday to find that their vehicles had been broken into.

Eleven vehicles on Pittman Court and Stephens Run Street, on the south end of the town just west of Main Street, were entered late on Tuesday night or early on Wednesday, according to Police Chief Charles E. Bockey Jr.

Most owners discovered the break-ins as they prepared to leave for work, Bockey said.

The perpetrator was apparently looking for money, since other items of value were not taken, he added.

The vehicles were unlocked, and the thefts remain under investigation.

In Frederick County, three vehicles were broken into overnight on Tuesday, according to Capt. Allen Sibert of the county Sheriff's Office.

He said two vehicles were entered on Brenton Court and one on Litago Court. Both streets are off White Oak Road near Front Royal Pike (U.S. 522), east of Stephens City.

Cash and loose change were reported missing from those vehicles.

The break-ins discovered on Wednesday in Stephens City are not believed to be related to last week’s thefts on Mulberry Street, one block east of Main Street, Officer R.A. Fox Jr. said.

Four vehicles were entered in that incident, and most of the stolen items have been recovered.

The thieves mainly targeted electronics, and items stolen included iPods, iPads, laptop computers, other electronics devices and a guitar, Fox said.

That incident is also under investigation. No arrests have been made.

Fox advised town residents to lock their vehicle doors, since the thefts appear to be crimes of opportunity.

— Contact Matt Armstrong