Northeast Times

Vandals smash car windows

Van­dals smashed the win­dows of 21 cars parked out­side two Bustleton con­domin­i­ums and an apart­ment com­plex over the week­end, po­lice said.

Capt. Joseph Zaffino, the 7th Po­lice Dis­trict com­mand­er, said 13 autos parked at Path­ways Con­domin­i­ums, 9921 Bustleton Ave., and five at Re­gency Con­domin­i­ums, 9945 Nor­walk Road, were broken in­to some­time between Fri­day night and Sat­urday morn­ing. Three vehicles were hit out­side an apart­ment build­ing at 600 Red Li­on Road, he said in a phone in­ter­view Monday. Zaffino said po­lice did not have de­scrip­tions or video of the van­dals.

The van­dals worked quickly and quietly. And they didn’t just smash win­dows, said Kay Hebd­ing, Path­ways’ man­ager. Items were stolen from some of the cars.

“It’s amaz­ing no one heard any­thing,” Hebd­ing said in a phone in­ter­view Monday.

She said she knows tools and GPS were taken from some of the vehicles. The cap­tain said the van­dals stole items from five of the 21 tar­geted vehicles.

A wal­let as well as vehicle con­soles also were taken, the cap­tain said.

All the vehicles were locked, he said. Each had at least one win­dow smashed.

Some per­son­al items were dropped after they were taken out of cars, Hebd­ing said. For ex­ample, one vic­tim’s work ID tag was found on the ground. So was per­son­al mail.

“People shouldn’t leave any­thing vis­ible in their cars,” she said.

That’s a warn­ing of­ten re­peated by Phil­adelphia po­lice: Don’t leave any­thing of value in your car; if you must, keep it out of sight.

Zaffino said he had put out a neigh­bor­hood alert about the break-ins and asked res­id­ents to re­port any sus­pi­cious be­ha­vi­or by call­ing 911. ••

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