Bedford police are continuing their investigation of car break-ins in areas near walking trails and wooded areas, said Bedford Police Lieutenant Jeffrey Dickan, after two new incidents were reported at the start of the Labor Day weekend.
On Aug. 31, a theft was reported on Reservoir Road in Katonah, where the suspect reportedly broke the front passenger window on a parked car, and removed a handbag that was left on the front passenger seat. The stolen contents—including the bag, valued at $80, a $200 wallet, $38 cash and assorted credit cards—were taken between 12:30 p.m. and 1:45 p.m, police said.
The second incident occurred between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. at Butler Sanctuary on Chestnut Ridge Road. A purse including contents valued at over $1,000 were taken from the front seat of the car after the front window was smashed.
Dickan said police have been actively investigating the thefts. "It's a quality of life issue," he said. "We want residents to feel they can safely take a walk on our local trails without their cars being broken into."
He added that all cars should be locked and valuables stowed in the trunk, under seats, or left at home. Left in plain sight, they are more alluring to would-be thieves.
Similar incidents were at the same locations, when suspects broke into cars and removed valuables such as bags and personal electronic devices.