Due to the recent rash of thefts from unlocked vehicles throughout Abington Township, officers have been extra vigilant, and have been asking residents to do the same. As a result of this combined effort, on Monday morning, July 3, 2017 at 5:00 AM, an alert resident advised police that they saw two males, one wearing a backpack, walking up a driveway and attempting to open car doors. An officer located the two males in the area, and one of them immediately fled on foot. The other male was apprehended and the backpack contained items that had been stolen out of cars in the Willow Grove sections of both Abington and Upper Moreland Townships.
Christopher Farabella, 18 years of age, from the unit block of Abbeyview Ave. Willow Grove, was charged with Theft from a motor vehicle, Receiving stolen property, Loitering and prowling at night time, and drug violations. An investigation is underway to identify the second suspect who fled.
Now that the warmer weather is here, the number of these types of crimes have a tendency to increase. In the last few weeks, there have more than 25 reported thefts from vehicles in Abington Township. The thieves are targeting unlocked vehicles parked both in the street and in driveways, and have been primarily stealing cash and loose change. All of the thefts have occurred during the overnight hours.
Locking your car at night and keeping valuables out of view will deter these criminals. The Abington Police Department is requesting that anyone observing suspicious behavior in their neighborhood immediately call 9-1-1.
CRIMINAL CHARGES, AND ANY DISCUSSION THEREOF, ARE MERELY ALLEGATIONS AND ALL DEFENDANTS ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL AND UNLESS PROVEN GUILTY.
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