- Nadine Cafaro
Last week the Walden Police Department Facebook page encouraged people to lock their car doors due to an increase in recent car larcenies happening in the area. Luckily, the police have found the culprit.
Car theft is an often occurrence, and according to Sergeant Roy Werner from the Walden Police Department, it happens especially during the holiday season. In the middle of the night, people check numerous cars in hopes to find the ones that are left unlocked. Lucky for them, some people feel safe and trustworthy enough to do so.
“Year after year people think it’s safe and that nobody’s going to come onto their property so they leave their cars unlocked,” said Werner.
Cars are often raided for money, electronics and other random items. Werner explained that sometimes cars are just rummaged through and left a mess if nothing of value was found.
Recently there’s been an individual, unnamed, who stole from numerous cars in the Village of Walden. However, due to Ring cameras and other types of surveillance on different properties, the individual was quickly identified. Police were even able to get some property back that the individual had stolen. Werner explained that now they’re going through the process to make an official arrest.
“We actually put the case together and then we’ll call the district attorney’s office [so] they’ll write the criminal complaint. Then the person will be processed to court,” Werner explained, stating it should happen this week. “Tomorrow we have an appointment to get all the paperwork done with the District Attorney’s Office and then the subject will be formally charged [I believe] on Wednesday.”
Although they can’t be sure how many specifically, Werner said roughly seven car larcenies were reported to the department. Of the seven, he mentioned that three were merely rummaged through and nothing was taken. The other four had property stolen.
He also stated that the car theft took place sporadically throughout the village, not just in one specific area.
As of Tuesday, the arrest had not yet been made and the identity of the suspect had not been disclosed.