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Lower Swatara police seek help with tracking down suspects in rash of vehicle break-ins

By Laura Hayes

laurahayes@pressandjournal.com

717-944-4628
Posted 12/23/19

Lower Swatara police are seeking the public’s help after cars were either entered or attempted to be entered in the Shope Gardens area recently.

A gun was stolen out of one car, and one …

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Lower Swatara police seek help with tracking down suspects in rash of vehicle break-ins

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Lower Swatara police are seeking the public’s help after cars were either entered or attempted to be entered in the Shope Gardens area recently.

A gun was stolen out of one car, and one vehicle was stolen and later recovered, police said.

Police ask residents who have security cameras — specifically on Donald Avenue, Shirley Drive, Sara Street, James Street and Nissley Drive — to check their footage for suspicious activity from 11 p.m. Dec. 15 to 6 a.m. Dec. 16.

Lower Swatara Police Chief Jeff Vargo urged caution and for people to call the police if they see the suspects.

“We would consider these people to be potentially armed,” Vargo said.

Surveillance from a security camera on the 1700 block of Mountain View Road showed the two suspects looking into a parked car. It was reported to police 12:18 p.m. Dec. 13.

From a surveillance photo  shared with the Press & Journal, one suspect appears to be an African-American male wearing a hat and dark-colored long-sleeve shirt. The second suspect appears to be wearing a dark hoodie.

Vargo said the car wasn’t entered, but the police believe it’s connected to a stolen car and gun stolen out of a vehicle.

A gun was stolen out of a car that was parked in the first block of Shirley Drive. It was reported to police at 1:33 p.m. Dec. 16.

Vargo said the vehicle was unlocked and the .45 Springfield handgun was unsecured.

A car was reported stolen at 6:30 a.m. Dec. 16 from the first block of Nissley Drive.

Vargo said the 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee was unlocked and had a set of keys inside. The car was later found a short distance away several hours later.

Nothing was reported stolen.