Two cars recently stolen from the Brandon Farms neighborhood in Hopewell Township were recovered as part of a cooperative effort between Hopewell Township Police and Upper Makefield Township Police in Pennsylvania.
According to an email Thursday from Chief Lance Maloney of the Hopewell Township Police Department to Brandon Farms residents, criminal charges are expected to be filed against those individuals responsible for the car burglaries and stolen vehicles as these investigations continue.
Earlier this month, several unlocked cars parked on Brandon Road, Chicory Lane, Denow Road, Kunkel Court, Larchmont Court and Naveskink Drive in Brandon Farms were entered overnight. A wallet and two purses were some of the items taken from the cars while loose change and currency were taken from other cars. An unlocked 2004 Ford Expedition was stolen from a Denow Road residence and a 2003 Honda Pilot was also stolen from a Chicory Lane residence.
Last month, a series of break-ins struck the community and several properties were burglarized. Following the thefts, Maloney emailed Brandon Farms residents noting that additional motor and foot patrols were added to the community.
“While we may not be able to have an officer in Brandon Farms at all times we will try to be there as much as possible while still maintaining coverage for the rest of the township and Hopewell Borough,” Maloney wrote in the email.
He also encouraged residents to err on the side of caution and contact the police department should they observe anything suspicious.
“We would rather check something out and find that it is harmless rather than someone not calling with information that may aid in an investigation,” Maloney wrote.
He also urged residents to make sure vehicles were locked at all times and to keep valuables out of sight. Maloney said most of the time a person will bypass cars that are found to be locked. Residents are also asked to utilize their home alarm system if they have one.
“I know these incidents are upsetting to residents, but I do believe that Brandon Farms is a safe neighborhood,” Maloney said in the email. “Unfortunately, these types of incidents have also been happening in surrounding jurisdictions as well. Our detectives have been in contact with neighboring police departments and information will be shared in an effort to solve these cases.”
Anyone that may have information regarding these incidents are asked to contact the police department at 609-737-3100.