Utica residents dealing with aftermath of car burglaries

By Joleen Ferris

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - While neighbors on a west Utica street slept in the early morning hours of April 18, a stranger walked up and down the street, trying their car doors, rummaging through the open cars.

"It's disgusting," says Bristol Street resident Joe Pike, one of the violated. "The glove box was open, the center console glove box was open, and you know, the papers and everything were out of it."

Pike's wasn't the only person whose privacy was violated; the alleged car burglar's privacy was invaded, too -- by nine surveillance cameras outside Pike's house.

The video shows the man calmly walking from driveway to driveway on Bristol Street, trying car doors around 5:20 a.m. April 18.  He can be seen getting in a car with an unlocked driver-side door.

Nothing was taken from Pike's car, but he says a few neighbors, including a nearby Deacon, weren't as lucky. 

Utica police say car larcenies are highly preventable crimes of opportunity; and that the car owners provide, and can therefore remove, the opportunity.

"If the door's unlocked, they're going to go in there and see what they can find.  If the door's not unlocked, if they see something through the windows that's valuable, they will break the windows to get in," says Lt. Steve Hauck.

If you recognize the man in the video, Utica police ask you to call them at 735 3301.


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