Picture this: After a long day at work or play in the city, you get off the train at Chappaqua and head to the car. Instead of hopping in the car and beginning the journey home, you are detained by the necessity of calling the police to report a broken window and missing GPS. This unhappy scenario occurred twice on October 22.
The police department received calls from two people who had parked their cars at the train station that day. The time of the actual burglaries is undetermined. According to Detective Sergeant James Wilson the robberies probably occurred before 5 p.m.
Prevention is key. Wilson offered these words of caution: “Lock your car. Don’t leave anything valuable that’s visible from outside. Set the alarm.” There was no report of alarms going off from the two vehicles
While incidents in the parking lot are relatively rare, there are a few every year. Most of these are reported by owners of cars parked in the south lot. The most recent crime before these two was the heist of tires and rims. Thieves jacked the car up and made off with the loot.
Allan Maraynes has been parking at the train station for 25 years and always felt that the lot was safe. “I’ve never heard of anybody getting broken into,” he said. After learning about the two crimes, he vowed to take precautions.
The police are increasing patrols of both lots. Reports of suspicious activity should be called in to 238-4422.