Community reacts to identity theft stemming from vehicle break-ins at Trolley Trail parking lot


WAVERLY TOWNSHIP, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Police continue to ask for help identifying the suspects involved in vehicle break-ins that have led to identity theft.

The break-ins happened earlier this month off a walking trail in Lackawanna County. Police say purses were stolen out of vehicles in a parking lot outside of the Trolley Trail.

Waverly Township Police need your help identifying these two women.

Police say they are suspected of stealing purses from vehicles in this Trolley Trail parking lot off Ackerly Road. Police obtained security footage of the alleged suspects using the victim’s information at a local bank. They believe the two women are connected to identity theft.

“Well I think it’s horrible and I think it’s sad that there are people who think they can do that and get away with it because that’s what I’m thinking, they think they can get away with it and they hopefully won’t,” said Eva Das who is a trail walker.

“A little bit of a surprise. This seems like a relatively safe area but like any place else whether you’re at Lake Scranton or here, the standard precautions apply. You should always lock up your vehicle,” said Jerry Musheno a Clarks Summit resident.

Musheno walks the Trolley Trail three or four times a week, but says he hasn’t seen anything out of the ordinary.

“From what I understand the purse was in plain view and you should never leave anything of value in plain view,” said Musheno.

Despite Waverly Township Police posting images of the suspects online and hundreds of shares on social media, officers say they still have no leads.

Some fellow walkers have advice: “See something say something right. You don’t like to hear about crimes happening and people not doing something about it,” said Das.

If anyone recognizes the two females, you are asked to contact Waverly Township Police.

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