Westchester DA: Auto thefts up 60% in the county; Scarsdale has highest spike

Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino is warning residents to lock up their vehicles due to a spike in thefts.

News 12 Staff

Sep 3, 2020, 6:57 PM

Updated 1,357 days ago

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Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino is warning residents to lock up their vehicles due to a spike in thefts.
Scarpino says auto thefts are up 60% in the county. He says every municipality has reported at least one theft this year.
Scarsdale saw the largest percentage increase. The affluent village went from just one theft in 2019 to 21 thefts this year. That's a 2,000% spike.
"Westchester appears to have become the supply chain for the theft of vehicles from out of state individuals," says Scarpino. "And it's something that can easily be stopped. So, I'm asking the people of Westchester to please simply lock their cars."
Authorities say grab-and-go thefts, where thieves help themselves to valuables left in a car, are also on the rise.


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