Thieves undeterred by locked vehicles

Locking your vehicle may prevent some car thefts, but not others, as indicated by a trio of incidents last week in Tredyffrin Township — the type of smash-and-grab break-ins that have occurred in many other Chester County municipalities. Making sure valuables are out of view is more important than ever, police said.

The first theft was reported to Tredyffrin Township police at 7:52 p.m. Wednesday in a parking lot in the 200 block of West Swedesford Road in Berwyn. Police found the rear driver's side window smashed. A briefcase containing $900 Acer laptop was missing. About an hour later, police were called to a parking lot in the 1100 block of Valley Forge Road in Wayne, where they found a broken passenger side window. A briefcase containing books and paperwork was taken. Finally at 10:02 p.m., officers responded again to the same parking lot in the 1100 block of Valley Forge Road. A rear passenger window of a vehicle was smashed, and the owner reported the loss of a briefcase containing a MacBook Pro laptop, an iPad, and 2 checkbooks, police said.

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