SCUGOG: Residents of one Scugog neighbourhood are on guard following several recent vehicle break-ins and, in one case, a vehicle theft, in the community of Blackstock.
According to residents, the incidents took place on the weekend of March 23-24, during which vehicles in the Sunrise Dr./Crestview Dr. neighbourhood were entered and various items stolen, including GPS units and DVD players. A pick-up truck was also taken from the driveway of a local home.
According to DRPS spokesperson Jodi Maclean, the truck was reportedly stolen between 1 a.m. and 9 a.m. on March 24, and was later recovered the following morning nearby. She added that although the other vehicle entries took place that same weekend, police are treating the incidents as unrelated.
There have been no arrests made in connection with any of the incidents, nor have any of the stolen items been recovered, said Ms. Maclean.
This isn't the first time that residents of the neighbourhood have been victims of theft. Last August, a number of vehicles were entered and items stolen.
The thefts have hit home especially hard for one local family, who lost a number of items, including an in-vehicle DVD player and iPod, owned by a young family member with autism. Interestingly, the family said that a wallet left in one of the vehicles was untouched.
The family, who asked not to be identified, even took to putting up signs around the community advising neighbours of the thefts and asking for the return of the boy's belongings.
One sign, placed at the end of the driveway to the family's home, was later ripped down.
As of yet, none of the items have been returned.
"We're checking Kijiji everyday (to see if the items are up for sale)," said one family member, who asked to not be named.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Durham Regional Police Services at 905-579-1520, ext. 2672. Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or on the web site at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.