The city of Corry Police Department is reminding residents to lock their homes, garages and vehicles due to an uptick in local burglaries and thefts, which is common around the holidays.
On Tuesday, two Corry residents contacted city police to report their garages had been burglarized overnight.
Sometime between 10 p.m. on Monday and 6 a.m. on Tuesday, at least two suspects entered unlocked garages at two residences — 53 W. Frederick St. and 60 E. Bond St. — according to a Corry City Police news release sent out Thursday afternoon.
"It's an opportunity thing where whoever did this had previously driven around and had seen what's there, what's in the garage and came back and took advantage of it," Corry City Police Lt. Gary Hunt said.
Two 14-foot kayaks, one yellow and one orange, were stolen from the garage on West Frederick Street along with a Stihl chainsaw, Dewalt miter saw and miscellaneous air tools.
An older, yellow Champion 4,000-watt generator was taken from the East Bond Street garage as well as a Dewalt air impact driver with charger and case, a NOCO genius and lithium battery boost.
Police believe the burglaries on West Frederick and East Bond streets are connected.
"Same time frame, same circumstances," Hunt said.
During the West Frederick Street burglary, the suspects parked their truck near a former railroad bed on West Frederick Street and the time may have been around 2:30 a.m., according to the news release.
"One of the neighbor's dogs was barking almost nonstop around 2:30 in the morning, which would be the time I would guess people would do these kinds of things," Hunt said. "I understand there's not too many witnesses at 2:30 in the morning because people are sleeping."
Anyone with information regarding either of the two burglaries or who saw something suspicious that night is encouraged to contact Corry City Police at 814-664-2222.
"It just kind of boggles my mind with those kayaks," Hunt said. "They're big. They're 14 feet long. They've got to be somewhere unless they're now stuffed in somebody else's garage. It had to be a pickup truck to carry all this stuff from that night, and to have two kayaks in the back of a pickup truck this time of year, an orange and yellow one, it kind of stands out a little bit. You'd think somebody would've seen something somewhere."
Two other thefts were reported to Corry City Police the day before the two burglaries.
City police received a call from the homeowner of a residence at 1012 N. Center St., Corry, at about 7 a.m. Monday morning stating that a propane tank had been stolen out of a grill on the property.
A Corry woman also called city police on Monday to report that she noticed her garage 120 Snyder Circle was open and that a red Snapper chainsaw was missing at about 2:30 p.m. Police said there were no signs of forced entry and the chainsaw was last seen on Sunday.
Anyone with information about the thefts of the chainsaw and propane tank are also urged to contact Corry City Police.
The police department would like to remind residents that the number of burglaries and thefts increases this time of year and to take extra precautions to secure their property.
"The main thing is to keep your properties locked and secured," Hunt said. "Don't make it too easy for them."
It's not unusual for the the city of Corry Police Department to see a rise in thefts, burglaries and break-ins around Christmastime.
"It's always just kind of been that way. It seems like the closer you get to Christmas, the more the thefts and burglaries pick up," Hunt said. "The people who steal things need more money to be able to buy Christmas presents so they go out and steal other peoples' stuff and sell it."
Residents are encouraged to be on the lookout for suspicious activity and to call the police department if something seems out of place.
"We can't be everywhere to see everything so we rely a lot on what other people see," Hunt said.