West Manheim Township's police chief said a thief or thieves who are driving down remote private lanes and driveways to steal items from parked vehicles are "brazen and stupid."

"On a private lane, they stand a bigger chance of being encountered," Chief Tim Hippensteel said. "I would call these remote residences."

Overnight Thursday or early Friday morning, someone rummaged through three vehicles parked off Fuhrman Mill Road — two on a private lane off the 600 block and one along a private lane along the 900 block, the chief said.

The thief or thieves stole prescription medications from one of the cars in the 600 block, and stole a loaded .357 revolver and cash from the vehicle parked in the 900 block, he said.

On Monday, a resident in the 2600 block of Pleasant Hill Road reported a .380 semiautomatic handgun was stolen from a vehicle that was parked on a private lane there, Hippensteel said.

Pleasant Hill Road is a short distance from Fuhrman Mill Road, he confirmed.

"I have a sense it's someone familiar with the area, because these are such remotely located homes and (the crimes have occurred) in a relatively small area," Hippensteel said.

Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to call township police at (717) 632-7059. Or leave a tip with York County Crime Stoppers at (717) 755-TIPS or at yorkcountycrimestoppers.org.

All calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential and callers don't have to give their names to collect cash rewards.