Northeast Philadelphia homeowners worried after reports of multiple car breaks-ins

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Police are investigating multiple reports of car break-ins in northeast Philadelphia over the holiday weekend.

Many of the crimes were caught on home security cameras.

“I looked at my Ring video camera and saw someone getting into my car at 6:24 a.m.,” a neighbor told Action News. “It was kind of cheeky because he just walked into the driveway, walked over to my car and took my belongings.”

A neighbor says headphones, speakers and his wallet were stolen. The thieves then charged nearly $500 at a local store and gas station.

“I’m still trying to make arrangements for the fraud allegations and card blocking and get a new ID,” a neighbor said.

Revere Street residents reported at least five car break-ins within two blocks. They were all reported on July 4th.

“Every night I’m scared,” says Marie Habeshian. “I’m watching from my windows and looking around.”

Marie Habeshian says someone also tried to break into her daughter’s car.

“They opened two front doors and both sat inside. I don’t know what you were looking for. They emptied everything and trashed the trunk,” Habeshian said.

Habeshian says it’s not a common crime they see in the area. Their bigger concern is what they might find when they go to their parked cars.

“Thank God no one was hurt. And if you follow them, maybe they have a gun, they could shoot us. You never know what can happen,” Habeshian said.

Several neighbors filed complaints with the Philadelphia Police Department.

Investigators say these types of thefts traditionally increase as the weather warms. Residents are warned to ensure vehicles are locked and do not leave valuables in plain view.

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Alley Einstein

Alley Einstein is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Alley Einstein joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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