Police investigating recent string of car break-ins throughout area

Published 03/06 2014 11:03PM

Updated 03/06 2014 11:32PM

Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Syracuse Police are On The Lookout for a thief, or possibly thieves, who are prowling restaurant parking lots and targeting cars for valuables.

The trend has been growing all over the city and dozens of people have felt the pain of stolen cell phones, laptops, wallets purses and broken glass.

“It is such a gigantic hassle for people when you have your purse stolen. It has all your IDs, all your credit cards, it throws your life into turmoil for a while,” said Sgt. Tom Connellan with the Syracuse Police Department.

Syracuse Police say 12 cars have been broken into since Jan. 1 in the following Syracuse locations:
  • 700 block of North Salina Street
  • 550 block of Richmond Avenue
  • 100 block of South Lowell Avenue
  • 304 block of Hawley Avenue
  • 100 block of Ainsley Drive
  • 400 block of West Seneca Turnpike
  • 200 block of Ulster Street
  • 600 block of Wolf Street
If you want to avoid getting targeted, police have some simple advice.

“Lock your car, take your valuables with you, or hide them,” Sgt. Connellan said.

Syracuse Police say identifying a man caught on a surveillance camera in Fayetteville breaking into cars in parking lots may be the key to solving and stopping the thefts.

The suspect is believed to be between the ages of 20 and 30 with facial. He was seen driving a vehicle believed to be a 2005-2009 model Chevrolet Uplander.

If you can help police identify the suspect or have any information on the recent thefts, you are urged to call (315) 442-5222. All calls will remain confidential.

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