Car break-ins in Marshalls Plaza in DeWitt: On the Lookout

On the Lookout

DEWITT, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — DeWitt Police are reminding people to take added precaution when parking their cars in busy areas like Marshalls Plaza.

Recently, Will Mawson reported a car larceny in the plaza. Hundreds of dollars of belongings were stolen from Mawson’s car.

“I was shopping on my day off at Ulta here in DeWitt and it was about two in the afternoon. I was inside shopping for maybe a half an hour, 45 minutes,” Mawson said. “I came outside to my back windows pushed down a lot more than what they were originally when I left my car. I only had them down maybe an inch and a half to two inches, not even, and I came out and they were down about halfway and then I went to go get in the car to leave. I noticed my bag from the front seat was missing which had all my belongings, my prescription medications, my glasses, a whole bunch of personal things and glove box was ransacked through. My center console was ransacked through. It was just a mess.”

Without surveillance video in the Marshalls Plaza parking lot, finding the person or people responsible for the car larceny is difficult.

“I asked the officer if any of these buildings had exterior cameras ’cause most buildings and businesses, especially the big-name businesses that are out here in this plaza, you think would have cameras but from what the officer told me that there’s no cameras in this plaza at all,” Mawson said.

Because there is no video footage of the larceny, DeWitt Police Officer Ludmila Ammann says it’s up to everyone to be as careful as possible when it comes to protecting our property.

“If somebody’s walking by a car, if they see something in the car, they will try the doors and if it’s locked, they will break the window to get that valuable so our biggest message is to keep valuables out of sight and to lock your door,” Officer Ammann said. “I think it’s pretty steady in the summertime. There are a lot of larcenies that occur at parks and gyms because people go and they run on the canal-way and they leave their purse in their car or they leave their key in the car and they don’t lock it.”

Mawson is out close to $1,000 in property but is relieved there was no damage to the car.

“I lock my doors and keep my window shut even in my own driveway now and I live in like one of the quietest neighborhoods,” Mawson said. “Where I work, I park maybe 15 feet from the door and I always make sure my car is in my view now and that my door is always locked every single one of them. I just can’t trust anybody now.”

Benderson Development, the owners of Marshalls Plaza, recently installed LED lighting to improve safety.

NewsChannel 9 has reached out to the developer to find out if installing parking lot surveillance cameras in part of their future plans, but have not yet heard back.


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