Police seek suspect in New Whiteland thefts

Police officers have video surveillance footage that shows who stole items from at least eight cars over the weekend, and they are asking for the public’s help.

A homeowner in the Hilltop Farms neighborhood gave the New Whiteland Police Department the video surveillance footage. In the video, a man, who police believe is likely a teenager, is seen dropped off in the neighborhood at 3:42 a.m. Saturday. At 3:45 a.m., the man is shown on surveillance video getting into and rummaging through a vehicle parked in the homeowner’s driveway.

Police hope someone will recognize his face on camera and that will be enough to catch him, New Whiteland Police Chief Ed Stephenson said. The man’s age could range from 14 to 24, Stephenson said.

The video shows that, after being dropped off in the neighborhood, the man walked up and down the street and checking cars in driveways, apparently to see if they’re unlocked.

The man stayed in the neighborhood for about 30 minutes before he was picked up again, Stephenson said. The man got into unlocked cars on Hilltop Farms Boulevard and Edgewood Drive and took mostly loose change, Stephenson said.

Neighborhood break-ins like this typically happen every year. Often, the suspects are not caught, Stephenson said. If anyone has additional information on the man in the surveillance video, they are asked to call the New Whiteland Police Department at 535-5858.