Police are warning people to remove their keys and lock their cars after a rash of auto thefts in Leola.
East Lampeter Township police said a 2008 Buick Enclave involved in an incident Monday night on New Holland Pike turned out to be the seventh vehicle stolen in the area in the past nine days.
An officer tried to stop the Buick after it passed him at a high rate of speed and found the SUV abandoned in the 1600 block of Hunsecker Road, the driver already gone, police said.
The owner was not aware the Buick had been stolen from a Holly Drive home, and told officers the SUV had been unlocked with the keys inside, police said.
A white 2012 Ford Edge stolen from the first block of Quarry Road on Saturday night, a 2006 Honda Odyssey taken from the 100 block of W. Main Street early Friday, a Toyota 4Runner stolen from the 2200 block of Creekhill Road on April 29, and a Dodge Durango taken from the 200 block of W. Main Street on April 27 were all unlocked and had keys inside, police said.
All of the vehicles had been stolen from homes, and all were later found abandoned.
Police said there has also been an increase in thefts from vehicles, where property including money and computers was stolen by shattering a side window.
Anyone with information may call East Lampeter police at 717-291-4676.