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Police: 27 Car Break-ins End 2012

Nearly 30 thefts from autos reported in year's last week.

Roxborough and Manayunk may be the safest city police district in terms of violent crime, but it can serve as the setting for less severe offenses.

According to the 5th District of the Philadelphia Police Department, 2012 ended with a string of thefts from autos. In total, 27 cars were reported as either broken into or illegally entered from Dec. 24 to Dec. 31—a busy week in any neighborhood.

The thefts spanned the area—from Manayunk and Roxborough, to Wissahickon and Andorra. In nearly all cases, only minor items (like GPS, cell phones or clothing) were taken.

Police said the most expensive theft occurred when all four tires were taken from 7900 Henry Ave.—totaling about $1,500 in damages.

Community Relations Officer Charles Kline often warns residents to lock doors (in some cases, the vehicles were unlocked) and hide valuables. 

In one instance on 400 Naomi St., the car owner left the door open and ran inside to drop off her mother. Her purse was stolen in the interim, and its contents were taken.

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Below, is the detailed list of where, when and what was stolen from local vehicles. If noted, info on whether the car was unlocked or not is included.

Dec. 24

  • 4500 Manayunk Ave. 8 p.m. Tom-tom GPS ($80). Broken into.
  • 400 Hermitage St. 6 p.m. Garmin Nuvi GPS ($180). Broken into.

Dec. 25

  • 300 Green Lane. Midnight. Magellan GPS ($200). Broken into.

Dec. 26

  • 500 Leverington Ave. 11 a.m. Garmin GPS ($200) and Tom-tom GPS ($150). Two cars broken into.
  • 8200 Henry Ave. 7:45 a.m. Clothing ($250). No sign of forced entry.
  • 400 Domino Lane. Noon. $500 (cash). Broken into.

Dec. 27

  • 4300 Freeland Ave. 3 a.m. GPS ($250). Broken into.
  • 4200 Cresson St. 9 a.m. $150 (cash). Broken into.
  • 6500 Matthias St. 6 p.m. GPS ($120). Broken into.

Dec. 28

  • 200 Roxborough Ave. 7:30 p.m. GPS. Broken into.
  • 400 Naomi St. 3 p.m. House keys, car keys and paperwork. Unlocked door.
  • 4500 Pechin St. 4 a.m. Tom-tom GPS ($225). Broken into.
  • 7900 Henry Ave. 4:40 a.m. Four tires ($1,500). 
  • 7600 Forbidden Drive. 1 p.m. Three credit cards and $100 (cash). Unlocked.

Dec. 29

  • 4300 Freeland Ave. 12:30 a.m. Garmin Novi Navigation System ($99). Broken into.
  • 100 Burnside St. 10 p.m. Apple iPod ($200). Broken into.
  • 400 Naomi St. 4:20 p.m. $300 (cash). Door left open.
  • 4500 Manayunk Ave. 6 p.m. Garmin GPS ($150). Broken into.

Dec. 30

  • 4200 Boone St. Midnight. Garmin GPS ($160). Broken into.
  • 4300 Freeland St. 8 p.m. Garmin GPS ($140). Broken into.
  • 100 Leverington Ave. 5:15 p.m. Tom-tom GPS ($200). Broken into.
  • 400 Green Lane. 12:40 p.m. Garmin GPS ($400). Broke into.
almar00 January 04, 2013 at 01:00 PM
Dec 31 4000 Manayunk Ave. 3am Garmin GPS ($100). Broke in.
karen eichman January 04, 2013 at 06:53 PM
I live on Roxborough Ave, and had one break-in, but on this street there are alot of hit-and-runs! I have had two, within two months
Jennifer Missimer January 07, 2013 at 04:44 AM
I'm on Freeland Ave and had my window smashed just to seal my GPS Garmin. It cost me $300.00 to fix window. I have name of a guy caught on security camera breaking in car and taking things. Guy went to his house to receive his property. We should go and get ours!!

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