Waynesboro Police investigate smash-and-grabs

The Waynesboro Police Department is investigating a series of thefts from parked vehicles that have occurred over the last two weeks, including this past weekend.

The thefts have been reported in various parts of the city, but most have involved forced entry by breaking side window glass and grabbing a visible item such as a purse or wallet. All have occurred after dark.

The following are the reported dates and locations of the incidents as known.

1/11/2011: 600 block South Wayne – window broken purse and contents stolen

1/11/2011: 500 block South Wayne (Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church) – window broken, nothing taken.

1/16/2011: 1400 block Monroe – window broken purse stolen from passenger seat.

1/18/2011: 300 block South Wayne (First Baptist Church) – two vehicles, windows broken on both and purses removed from both.

1/22/2011: 700 block of Highland – window broken, went through old purse nothing taken.

1/22/2011: 800 block of Highland – window broken, went through purse, nothing taken

1/22/2011: 500 block of Sherwood – window broken, ransacked glove box, nothing taken.

1/22/2011: 1106 West Broad (Tailgate Grill) -window broken, purse stolen.

1/23/2011: 400 block South Wayne – window broken, nothing taken.

The department requests anyone with any Information about these crimes to contact the department at 540.942.6675 or Crime Stoppers at 800.322.2017.

The PD would like to remind citizens that the best way to prevent this type of crime is to remove any item such as purses, wallets and pocketbooks that are likely to be targeted from their vehicle prior to leaving it unattended.

Edited by Chris Graham. Chris can be reached at freepress2@ntelos.net.

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