Crime Watch Report for March 2017

Area 1- Coordinator- Katie Fazio
3-03-17. Cash and several articles of clothing were stolen from a residence on S. Linwood Ave. Entry was believed to have been made through an unlocked side door.
3-19-17. A resident on S. Linwood Ave. had a message pop on their computer screen supposedly from Microsoft. The message was a scam and the resident was scammed out of approximately $400 for services.
3-20-17. A firearm was stolen from a residence on Hawthorne Ave. This department has 4 people of interest.

Area 2 – Coordinator-Sandy Gibson
3-07-17. A vehicle on Lincoln Ave. was entered and items were strewn about it.
3-07-17. A vehicle on E. Crafton Ave. had a window broken out of and items were stolen.
3-08-17 A vehicle on Oregon Ave. was entered overnight and loose change was stolen.
3-08-17 A vehicle on E. Crafton Ave. and another on Division St. had their windows broken out overnight.
3-08-17 A pair of sunglasses was stolen from an unlocked vehicle on Mildred St.
3-08-17 Loose change was stolen from an unlocked vehicle on Oregon Ave.
3-27-17. A handgun and a wallet with items in it was stolen from an unlocked vehicle on Lincoln Ave.
3-27-17. Two kids Avigo brand bikes were stolen from a porch on Union Ave. (rainbow colored girl’s bike and a black and bright green colored boy’s bike)

Area 3– Coordinator- Diane McQuaide
3-08-17. Two TVs were stolen from a vehicle on Bell Ave. The vehicle was believed to have been left unlocked.
3-22-17. A vehicle was struck on Dinsmore Ave. while it was parked near the dance studio.
3-26-17. A red Schwinn mountain bike was stolen from a residence on Elmwood Ave.
3-28-17. A silver Razor Scooter was stolen from outside of the library.

Area 4- Coordinator- Vacant
3-08-17 A vehicle on Coulter St. had grease placed on it’s windshield.

Area 5- Coordinator- Mary Fleming
3-01-17. A laptop was stolen from a residence in the 1400 block of Crafton Blvd.
3-12-17. Two packages were stolen from a porch in the 1500 block of Barr Ave.
3-17-17. A female was stabbed by the father of her baby in the 1400 block of Crafton Blvd. An arrest warrant was filed and the suspect was apprehended.

Area 6- Coordinator- Bill & Janet Finlay Jr.
3-28-17. A wallet was stolen from an unlocked vehicle on Thomas St.
3-28-17. Loose change and vehicle document/information was stolen from another unlocked vehicle on Thomas St.
Thornburg:
3-08-17 Three vehicles were egged overnight.

Tips/advice:
Once again the police department has taken several reports of vehicles being entered overnight. Some reported having items stolen from their vehicles and others were simply rummaged through. In most cases the vehicles have been left unlocked. The police department has also been taking reports of bicycles and other outside toys (scooters, etc.) being stolen that are left outside overnight. Please bring any and all valuables into your residence /garage overnight so that these items do not disappear into the possession of thieves. This same thinking should apply to your vehicle as well. Do not leave valuables, especially wallets containing personal information and firearms in your vehicle. Please help us to prevent crime in Crafton by doing your part and not being an easy target. It is the hope of the police department that we do not have to take so many reports from crimes that could have been prevented. With your assistance we can reduce the crime in the neighborhood. The police department is also advising that several residents have received scam/fraudulent/harassing phone calls from several different numbers. The police department suggests that you to not answer the phone if you do not recognize the phone number. It also a good idea to closely watch your bank accounts due to several other internet scams and to notify the police department and your financial institution if you notice any fraudulent charges. Thank you and remain vigilant.

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