Phoenix (WSYR-TV) – Phoenix Police have arrested two people who they believe stole money and items from residents’ unlocked cars.
They charged 17-year-old Brandon Gunther with 16 counts of petit larceny and 26-year-old Jeremy Haskins with eight counts of petit larceny.
Both Gunther and Haskins live on Chestnut Street in the village of Phoenix.
According to police, the suspects told them they spent the money, but dumped the electronics and other stolen goods in the canal.
They were given appearance tickets to return to Town of Schroeppel Court on May 8.
Car larcenies reported in the village of Phoenix
April 23, 2013
Phoenix (WSYR-TV) -- Car prowlers are targeting unlocked vehicles in the village of Phoenix. Police say money, lottery tickets, GPS devices, cameras, laptops and more have been stolen from vehicles in the area and they’re now asking for you to be on the lookout for anything suspicious in your neighborhood.
Police say the thieves aren’t targeting just one neighborhood in particular; it seems to be happening all over the village.
The thefts are leaving neighbors feeling vulnerable and have hit one Phoenix family particularly hard.
“Everything was completely ransacked,” said the unidentified victims. “I actually started screaming I was so mad. I felt so violated.”
Concerned about her safety, the victim asked that we not identify her.
She told NewsChannel 9 that she forgot to lock her van and left her purse behind, which ended up being a costly mistake for the mother of four. She said the last $60 her family had was in that purse.
“I can say it is half my fault,” the victim told NewsChannel 9. “I take ownership…I left the vehicles unlocked with the purse in the car.”
While it’s a lesson learned, the focus now is on catching the culprits.
“We've got a team of officers compiled and we're putting them on the street, we know a lot of our players,” said Village of Phoenix Police Chief Marty Nerber “What we are asking of you is to keep cars locked and no valuables in your car.”
If you see anything suspicious, call police. Chief Nerber says the culprits are probably teenagers, so parents: Know where your kids are. The thefts are happening at night, between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m.