Upper Perk Police said Mother Nature may have thwarted the efforts of two car thieves in East Greenville.
According to authorities, two men stole a brown 2003 Honda Accord from a property in the 200 block of Jefferson Street Feb. 13. The vehicle, which police said was left unlocked and had a spare key inside, was taken around 11 p.m.
Police reported the vehicle was found a few minutes later in the 100 block of West Side Alley in Pennsburg after it appears to have lost control and crashed into a fence belonging to St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Road conditions were snow-covered and slippery at the time of the crash, authorities said, and may have contributed to the collision.
Upper Perk Police said they notified the vehicle owner, who was unaware it was stolen.
Authorities were originally called to the area after a homeowner in the 100 block of Dotts Street in Pennsburg said two suspicious men were on his front porch. Police said that homeowner reported one of the men took a bag of weed prevention pellets, which both men later returned to the home, and later took a shovel from the porch.
Police said it appears the men went onto the porch and removed the two items in an effort to try to free the car from where it crashed and was subsequently stuck.
The men were later seen fleeing the crash scene shortly after 11 p.m.
Footage from surveillance cameras at the location is still being analyzed by police. The men are being described as two white males, one 16-18 years old, 5'6" to 5'8" tall, and wearing thin frame glasses. That individual had some type of reflective patch on his coat and also had a dark-colored backpack. The other man is being described as wearing jeans, sneakers and a light-colored coat.
Authorities said the vehicle was seized as part of an ongoing investigation and is being processed for evidence.
Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call Upper Perk Police at (215)679-8203 or message them on Facebook at facebook.com/upperperk.policedistrict.