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.