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Police: Stolen Car Had Open Door, Keys in Ignition

2010 Toyota Camry was taken overnight from Lower Macungie Township driveway.

If police were looking for an incident to promote awareness to lock your vehicle to avoid theft, seemingly this would be it.

Almost weekly, state police at Fogelsville report one or more thefts from vehicles of loose change, electronics, important papers and more in Lower Macungie Township.

But a recent incident was not simply a matter of valuables being taken from an unlocked vehicle. This time, the item taken was, in fact, the vehicle itself, police said. Imagine a prowler's surprise when he found not only the car unlocked but the keys in the ignition.

Sometime between 8 p.m. Jan. 16 and 7:15 a.m. Jan. 17, someone made that discovery and drove away with the grey, 2010 Toyota Camry belonging to Derek Richard Tyner, police said. The car was parked in his driveway in the 2000 block of Rolling Meadow Drive.

Impossible to find in a sea of cars on the road, you say? This one had a distinct Pennsylvania vanity registration plate of CBL-GUY, according to police. However, it's likely that such a distinct license plate would be removed to avoid detection.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 610-395-1438.

And, if you're waiting for that message of reinforcement, police in their report won't disappoint. Police issued a reminder that everyone should lock their vehicles at all times. While not stated, removing the keys from the ignition isn't a bad idea, either.

derek tyner January 18, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Dear Ms. Savidge: Good morning. I'd like to clarify and correct some of the information published recently in Tad Miller's Patch article, "Police: Stolen Car Had Open Door, Keys in Ignition" - the story about the car stolen in Lower Macungie. It was my car that was stolen. When I read this story on Patch.com, I noticed a discrepancy - something false - in the article you approved for publication. After the theft was reported and the police came to investigate, the officer asked if the door was open. I answered "yes." That was all I said. He asked me nothing about the ignition and I said nothing about the ignition. The officer only asked me if the door was open. If he had asked, I would've told him, "I always keep the keys in the cup holder." Since reading your article, I called the officers involved and they had nothing to say. Had someone from Patch contacted me to verify the information, I would've made the correction. Furthermore, I did not appreciate the tone of the last sentence in the article. I feel it was unnecessarily smarmy.
Dave January 18, 2013 at 03:50 PM
Derek, you "eff" up - admit it. It's knuckleheads like you that drive up insurance rates for everyone. You left the door open and the keys in the car! Does it really matter where the keys were in the car? All you're doing with your replies and complaints is making yourself look like a bigger idiot. My advice, learn your lesson and shut your mouth. YOU got yourself into the news, the news didn't come looking for you.
derek tyner January 18, 2013 at 04:04 PM
Hey, Dave. Nonetheless, it was a misquote. That's my point, schnook.
Mariella Savidge January 18, 2013 at 04:18 PM
Mr. Tyner, I welcome your call to discuss this. 610-390-3802.
Ben Spencer January 18, 2013 at 04:20 PM
If your vehicle is left unlocked and the keys inside and/or readily available to someone other than the owner, you have made a bad choice. They might as well have been in the ignition. Who cares if they are in the cupholder? Perhaps in the future, Mr. Tyner, you will make better choices regarding the disposition of your vehicle keys.
Rico January 18, 2013 at 04:46 PM
Right on, Dave......it's like laying your house keys on the front porch with a sign saying 'Hey come on in, free stuff'.....
Dave January 18, 2013 at 04:55 PM
I might be a schnook, BUT..... I still have my car! Put that in your pipe and smoke it :)
tamarya January 18, 2013 at 05:58 PM
Okay Derek screwed up, however you make it sound like if you have your house unlocked in the day I could come to your place and walk right in, right? The person had no reason trespassing into his car even if he had a sign that said steal me, and this just shows they can find excuses for criminals to be criminals.
Theresa January 18, 2013 at 06:10 PM
Sounds like all you negative people have all the answers. Bottom line is if it doesn't belong to YOU - DONT TAKE IT!!
Rico January 18, 2013 at 06:45 PM
No Tamarya, I'm just saying in these times don't make it easier for bad people to do bad things....that's all. Be smart about security.
Rico January 18, 2013 at 06:48 PM
Tell that to people on welfare.......lol.
Carl W January 18, 2013 at 07:03 PM
....And thank you, Patch, for possibly telling thief to change the "distinctive" plate.
Carl W January 18, 2013 at 07:10 PM
Door "open," or just unlocked? I have the feeling it's the latter. Derek, that comment, as I read it, could go either way. It could've been meant as a general statement, however, yes, it does make it look like you did do it. (To me, and many of you, "Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone !"
Carl W January 18, 2013 at 07:12 PM
"Ben Spencer," you ever leave car running @ min-mart, speed, or cause an accident?
Janet Persing January 18, 2013 at 11:08 PM
Do you also leave your garage doors open routinely? No negative people here, just people who take care that their car isn't stolen out of their driveway to blame someone else. Why?
Ben Spencer January 18, 2013 at 11:18 PM
Carl.... I never leave my vehicle running unattended or unlocked. I learned in the service the best way to keep you stuff was to lock it up. Then you have way less problems with thieves.
tamarya January 19, 2013 at 01:37 AM
You think just because your car is locked they can't steal it?
tamarya January 19, 2013 at 01:40 AM
And you think without keys they cannot steal it? Yes I know the newer cars make it a little harder than a harder car, but sure a skilled criminal could leave with a new car as easy as an old car, as for getting in a locked car, I could even do that.
tamarya January 19, 2013 at 01:40 AM
meant it is harder with newer cars than older cars.
Janet Persing January 19, 2013 at 02:12 AM
Thanks for letting the world know about your car stealing skills.
F. Ridge January 19, 2013 at 02:38 AM
Whether or not the guy left his keys in the car, a crime was committed. Stop questioning his judgement. What's most unsettling is the way the story is written, particularly the way it ends: "While not stated, removing the keys from the ignition isn't a bad idea, either." Write the facts, not your opinion. News is expected to be objective. Basic rules of journalism. Perhaps this kid-writer needs his internship pulled.
tamarya January 19, 2013 at 03:57 AM
No thank you for you childish comeback. At least I understand a crime was commited here. Where a few including yourself fail to see that. It is pretty bad out of 26 comments and 10 people, not counting the victim himself only 4 of us realize that. And people wonder why crimes occur, because there is always a reason for it. Instead of blaming the victim, lets hope the criminal is caught.
Janet Persing January 20, 2013 at 12:10 AM
Smarmy! Wow. You are the guy who let his car get stolen. Can you even get car insurance?
Carl W January 22, 2013 at 02:57 AM
It's a few days later, Mr. Tyner. Hope you got lucky, and yes, people do feel for your loss. Lord knows, the last thing we need to do is slander. Good Luck ! We'll keep watching!
JT January 23, 2013 at 03:58 PM
I am quite disappointed in the Patch for letting this story remain with misleading and erroneous information, leading people to attack a member of our community. The victim clearly stated that the keys were not in the ignition and that was not reported to the police. The author made an assumption, erroneously. Fiction. The headline proclaims the car door was open, leading one to believe the door was not just unlocked but physicially opened. More intentional fiction to mock someone. I might expect this inexperience, lack of integrity and mocking of another person from a junior high school newspaper,but not a community online 'newspaper'. I sure hope Tad Miller is not compensated for this work of fiction with some names and facts sprinkled in. The Patch should be held accountable for fiction that attacks the character of a person, especially during a challenging time.
Dave January 23, 2013 at 08:12 PM
JT - First of all I'm going to guess that the "T" stands for Tyner. The fact here is Derek ADMITTED he left the car unlocked and the keys in the car. With the plethora of articles in the Lower Macungie Patch, The Morning Call, The East Penn Press and on WFMZ regarding cars that are left unlocked only to have someone enter them and steal the contents, only a COMPLETE IDIOT would leave the car unlocked and the keys in the car. Rather than admit that Derek is such an IDIOT and he screwed up, you would spend the time trying to deflect by blaming the LMP for the possibility of erroneous reporting. I say possibility of erroneous reporting because I was not privvy to the police report and what was contained therein. Drunk drivers run up car insurance rates, people who choose to drive without insurance and then have accidents drive up car insurance rates, people who commit hit and run drive up car insurance rates. I am not sayng that Derek is any of those I just described, but, PEOPLE THAT LEAVE THEIR VEHICLES OPEN FOR THIEVES TO ENTER AND STEAL PROPERTY OR THE VEHICLE ITSELF, DRIVE UP CAR INSURANCE RATES FOR EVERYONE. And that is a matter of fact, not conjecture. If you want this to go away, stop paying attention to it. Like when a child picks at a scab, the wound stays open. Let this one heal by leaving it alone. The more you and Derek try to deflect attention away from something he already admitted doing, the more you both look like idiots. Just my opinion...
Mariella Savidge January 23, 2013 at 08:27 PM
JT, I'm sorry for your disappointment but unless and until we get new information from the state police, the story stands. I realize you are telling me it's wrong, but I don't know who you are. Derek Tyner also said it was wrong, but I have no way of verifying it's really him. I asked him to call me and he has not yet, and then there's the same problem of verifying it's really him. As I said, the story stands until I have information from a reliable source, the police, that there is something more accurate.
Janet Persing January 23, 2013 at 10:36 PM
To Dave and Mariella Savidge, Well said.
Alicia Hinton January 24, 2013 at 10:22 PM
Last night dozens of people who left their cars unlocked had items taken from them. Always lock your car and close your garage door. What if a criminal is not interested in the change or items you leave in your car. Maybe they get in and hide in your car waiting for you to get in or hide in your garage? Don't make it easy for them to make you a victim.
My 2 Cents February 20, 2013 at 03:08 PM
Derek did you ever get your car back?

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