Nearby: Brentwood Police Warn of Car Break-Ins

Number of break-ins has approached double digits in the past 2-3 weeks.

Chief Robert Butelli of the Brentwood Borough Police Department confirmed on Monday that the number of vehicle break-ins in Brentwood, particularly along Brownsville Road and the streets that adjoin it, has approached double digits in recent weeks.

Butelli said that the break-ins probably could have been avoided.

"They were all unlocked vehicles," he said. "We've caught kids doing this before many, many times, whether they're at a bad age, it's somebody on drugs, or it's a young kid just looking for cash or something. They'll walk along and just try the door handles as they're walking down the street. We've had witnesses report it.

"And if the door's unlocked, they'll open up the car and grab any kind of change or money that's lying around inside. And if they see items such as a GPS or iPod or anything like that, they'll grab them, take them down to a pawnshop and trade 'em for quick cash."

Butelli said that the busyness of Brentwood's part of Brownsville, which connects Whitehall Borough, route: {:controller=>"listings", :action=>"show", :id=>"borough-of-whitehall-municipal-complex-administrative-offices-and-outdoor-recreation"} --> to north

Jessiva September 17, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Stupid thieves got me :(
Pat O'Malley September 18, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Oh. So you DO publish stories about Brentwood. You just don't want to warn your readers about their criminal cops.
Casey September 18, 2012 at 03:06 AM
Jessiva, perhaps you should have kept the car doors locked and the windows up... this way the thieves wouldn't have had such an easy time getting in. Oh well, Brentwood is the new Carrick just full of trash.
Robert Edward Healy, III September 18, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Sorry to hear that, Jess.
Robert Edward Healy, III September 18, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Editorial decision to run this story is all. Public safety.
Voice of Reason September 18, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Is it really a "break in" if you leave your car unlocked?
NB resident September 18, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Brentwood is not part of Baldwin Whitehall Pat get off his back, the patch does a great job keeping the public informed of whats happening. Beside no one likes Brentwood anyway its basically South Carrick
Robert Edward Healy, III September 18, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Ha, good point. I believe, technically, it is.
jj September 18, 2012 at 01:49 PM
NE12Ukid September 18, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Tell that to the folks burglarized by a Carrick man and ONE FROM BRENTWOOD. Just sayin'!! http://baldwin-whitehall.patch.com/articles/local-connection-two-arrested-for-overnight-burglary-in-brookline
JG September 18, 2012 at 05:29 PM
This happened to me in August and I told the cop that theres been a number of thefts and he replied by saying "No there hasn't". If any Brentwood cops see this, know that even Brentwood citizens hate you.
Michael Prilla September 26, 2013 at 02:36 AM
This is happening in Baldwin and Whitehall now.


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