A series of car larcenies and burglaries are continuing in South Nyack, police said, with 14 separate crimes taking place since mid-October.
Robert Van Cura, police chief, said one or more individuals have been targeting cars and buildings, swiping everything from cash and cell phones to mountain bikes and laptops.
The thefts are concentrated in a small area — the portion of Piermont Avenue that runs through South Nyack, and nearby roads — and take place overnight, Van Cura said. Residents will find items missing in the morning and contact the police, he added.
"It could be more than one person [committing the crimes]," Van Cura continued, noting some stolen property, like an electric scooter, may require more than one person to transport.
With the exception of one incident, all the cars and buildings broken into were left unlocked, police said. No homes have been burglarizes, just accessory structures like garages, sheds and boathouses.
The one case of forced entry took place in a church's office; the theives broke in through a basement door.
"We're asking the public to report any larcenies to police, even if you think it's insignificant, or if nothing was taken," Van Cura said. "We need to know where it took place, and if there's latent evidence." Van Cura also advises residents to report any suspicious activity, vehicles or individuals to police at 845-358-0206.
Police are not certain if the burglars are local, although they show a familiarity with the area, Van Cura said.
South Nyack last had a series of break-ins over the summer; police in July who they believed to be responsible.