A 47-inch flatscreen TV and two purses were stolen in a series of car break-ins at the AMC Loews theater.
In all, more than $3,000 in personal belongings were taken by a person who smashed three car windows and unsuccessfully tried to smash a fourth, Lt. James Ladeairous said. Port Chester police were repeatedly called back to the theater early Thursday morning and Wednesday night as moviegoers walked out to the parking lot and discovered smashed windows and missing belongings.
- Two victims called police at 11:45 p.m. A Rye man told officers he parked at 9 p.m. and returned to the top deck of the parking lot after his movie ended to find the driver's side window of his black Volkswagen smashed; a garage door opener, a radar detector and a pair of Rayban sunglasses were missing.
- A block away, at 70 Purdy Ave., a Port Chester man left a 47-inch SONY television worth $1,000 in his car. It was stolen, along with $400 in stereo equipment, and the passenger side window was smashed.
- Two women, one from Harrison and one from Purchase, told police they parked on the top deck of the Waterfront Place complex at 8:30 p.m. When they returned to their Range Rover, the passenger side window was smashed and their pocketbooks -- worth $1,000 and $500 -- were missing.
When a late show ended after midnight, a fourth victim called police. The passenger side window of the victim's Nissan was chipped, but the window held and nothing was stolen.
Ladeairous said it looked like a rock had been thrown at the window, and police think the break-ins could be the work of one or more opportunistic thieves, not someone who intentionally targeted the parking lot with crowbar in hand.
"This might have been more about going by and seeing something in the car," he said.
The theater's parking lot is patrolled by private security. Security staffers "maintain close contact with" police, said Justin Scott, public relations director for AMC Entertainment.
"The safety and security of our guests and associates is paramount at AMC, and we're sorry to hear about these events in the parking lot," he said.