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.

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?


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »