NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (WKTV) - Once again, car larcenists have struck in the town of New Hartford, where eight new victims woke to find someone entered their cars....and took their belongings.
The larcenies happened overnight in the are of Slaytonbush Lane, Graffenberg Road and Sherman Drive. Police say every single one of the vehicles was unlocked.
New Hartford Police Lt. Timothy O'Neill says it's the property owners, not the police, who are the first line of defense against this crime.
"It's not something that's easy for police to prevent or interdict when it's happening. It's much easier for a resident, someone living here in the community, to protect their own property through some good proactive measures."
O'Neill says several women's purses were stolen and that the thieves kept the cash, discarding other, more identifiable items like GPS units and credit cards. Police spent part of the day reuniting property items with those items.
Town of Frankfort Police are investigating four car larcenies overnight there on nearby Harts Drive. No arrests or suspects yet.
Police stress: locking car doors, pulling them into a garage when available and removing valuables from sight will cut down drastically on the crime of car larcenies.
New Hartford experienced another string of larcenies in September, when 40 cars were broken into the first half of the month.