At least 10 car larcenies reported in Manlius over a one month period

Police urge anyone with information to contact the department

— Car larcenies normally aren’t anything out of the ordinary for the town of Manlius police- they typically report one or two incidents per month. But since the third week of April, the police department has seen at least 10 car larcenies and a few garage burglaries- which is something residents should be concerned about.

Sgt. Joseph Peters of the Manlius police department said that residents in both the village of Manlius and the outskirts have reported these crimes within the last month. Nearly all of the larcenies occurred when residents left their cars unlocked in their driveways. He’s calling the car larcenies a “crime of opportunity” and is urging everyone to make sure not to leave anything of value in their cars; including GPSs, laptops, money and purses.

Additionally, the department has been receiving some calls about reported burglaries. In some cases, Manlius residents are leaving their garage doors open or unlocked and individuals have been entering the garages and have stolen anything within an easy reach, from bicycles to alcohol. Peters stressed that residents should keep their car and garage doors locked so that these crimes won’t occur.

Peters wouldn’t comment on which specific neighborhoods are being targeted, but he did say that they’ve all happened within the village of Manlius or adjacent to the village, in the town of Manlius. He said there’s not one specific area, but that it seems as if the Southern portion of the town around the village of Manlius is where the preponderance of these types of crimes have been occurring. He went on to say that at this time, these crimes are unique to Manlius.

“In Fayetteville, we’ve had the occasional car larceny, but nothing compared to the magnitude of what we’ve had within the Southern portion of the town within the past month,” Peters said.

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