Professional Thieves Robbing Work Trucks in Delco

Usually, when you steal a car, you’re stealing it because it’s a car. It can go places. There’s drink holders. You can put stuff in it.

But in Delco, you steal a car because of what’s already inside it. The car is simply a bonus, like getting to play with all those cool boxes from your toys on Christmas morning.

Upper Darby is discovering this firsthand, thanks to a spate of tool robberies the township has been dealing with. Seems some wily thieves are robbing everything from wrenches to tile saws from area utility and contractor trucks, and have already netted a half million dollars worth of gear.

CBS has some dirt on the rapscallions behind the recent thefts thanks to superintendent Michael Chitwood:

“The thieves break into the lock, and then they’re able to start the trucks and take off,” Chitwood says. “A couple of the trucks had GPS systems on them, and they were able to find them and get rid of them so you couldn’t track where the trucks were.”

Dastardly, sure. And these guys are robbing everything from PECO trucks to plumbers’ vans, making them the hottest professional thieves in Delco right now. So, you know, look out.

Philly, though, should also take note. After all, cops have been finding the stolen vans empty in Southwest Philly. Which, of course, means those tools probably haven’t stayed in Delco—unlike the majority of my graduating class. [CBS]