Car thefts continue to plague city


Recorder News Staff

"Stolen vehicle" and "larceny from vehicle" reports continue to hit the city of Amsterdam and police officials are reminding residents to lock their cars and be smart about what they leave inside.

As of April 2, eight vehicles have been reportedly entered and three vehicles have been reported stolen in just the past two weeks, according to blotter reports.

On Tuesday, Det. Lt. Kurt Conroy, of the Amsterdam Police Department, said that the volume of vehicle-related larcenies and thefts are just another reminder of why residents should be following safety precautions.

"Lock your vehicles and don't leave spare keys inside," he warned.

According to FBI statistics, 12 motor vehicles were reported stolen in 2010 in Amsterdam for the year.

Amsterdam Police Chief Gregory Culick said Tuesday that the city has seen 12 stolen vehicles in just the first three months of 2013.

"If you see something out of the ordinary, call us," he said.

The chief said the volume of stolen vehicles being reported is unusual for the city, but, he added, it appears that it may be part of a trend.

"It looks simply like joy-riding, from location A to location B," he said. "For the most part it's a huge nuisance to the owner."

Most of the cars have no damage, he added.

Conroy said that on March 20, police received a report that a vehicle parked in the a driveway on McCleary Avenue had been entered and a wallet containing credit cards, a social security card, and identification, was stolen.

The detective said that on March 25 alone, five different reports were made to police.

Conroy said that a 1996 Toyota Rav 4 was stolen from Luna Lane, but later located on Knollwood Avenue that day.

A vehicle on McNeir Avenue was entered and gloves were taken from it, he said, and two vehicles -- one on Harrison Avenue and another on Knollwood Avenue -- were entered, but nothing taken.

Another vehicle parked in a garage on Sanford Avenue that day had a wallet, containing credit cards, identification, and insurance information, taken from it, Conroy said.

The next day, a victim reported that his 1999 Ford utility truck was taken from a parking lot, Conroy continued, and a short time later it was located.

That same day someone entered an unlocked vehicle and stole a purse containing identification, credit cards and several hundred dollars in cash on Glen Avenue, he said.

On March 27, police received a report of a vehicle being entered and the inspection sticker taken, he said, and two days later a victim reported that a vehicle was entered on Sloane Avenue where a 12-gauge Remington shotgun, identification, and credit cards were taken.

And on March 31 two vehicles were reported stolen and later recovered, a 2008 Honda Accord stolen from Division Street and a 2013 Kia Sorento stolen from Creek Way.

There are no suspects in many of the cases.

Culick said that the trend is unusual, and met with Conroy and other officials in the department on Tuesday to, in part, discuss the growing trend in the city and what they will do to address it.

"We are starting a little task force to address the issue."

If any resident sees anything suspicious, they can contact the department at 842-1100.