Vehicle thefts, burglaries in southern York County are related, police say

Anthony Maenza
York Dispatch

Investigators from Pennsylvania State Police Troop J in York County are looking for information after a pair of trucks were stolen during a string of vehicle burglaries last week. 

State police responded to Russet Farm Drive in Shrewsbury Township on Sept. 26 after a report of several people attempting to open vehicles in the neighborhood between 4 and 7 a.m. 

According to a state police statement, by the time officers arrived all of the suspects had dispersed, but there were a number of car doors left open. 

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One of the suspects during a string of car burglaries Sept. 26 was captured on video. Troop J of the Pennsylvania State Police is looking for information to solve the crimes.

The thieves were wearing hooded sweatshirts and masks to hide their identity. According to police, they gained access to unlocked vehicles and stole items from inside.  

The thieves were in a black 2012 to 2017 Mercedes Benz SL350 SUV with silver wheels. 

In addition to the thefts from the vehicles, a black 2019 Toyota Tacoma crew cab pickup with Pennsylvania registration PH10505 was stolen from Mount Airy Road. 

Around the same time, Southern York County Regional Police reported a 2002 Ford F-150 extended cab pickup with a flare-side bed and matching blue pickup cap bearing Pennsylvania registration number ZLR6662 was stolen from South Shaffer Drive in New Freedom. Southern York County Regional Police also reported there were a number of vehicles that had been burglarized. 

Police believe all of these incidents are connected.  

Anyone with information is asked to call Trooper Reynolds at 717-428-1011 or anonymously contact the Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers at 1-800-4PA-TIPS (8477) or online at www.p3tips.com/tipform.aspx?ID=107 

All callers to Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest.