Police: Thieves Entered Several Unlocked Cars

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  JACKSON – Township Police Captain Steve Laskiewicz, Investigative Services Division Commander, alerted residents to a series of recent vehicle burglaries in the community.

  These burglaries include surrounding communities as well and the Jackson Police Department is once again reminding residents to remove valuables and lock their vehicles when they are parked.

  Captain Laskiewicz urged residents not to leave their valuable electronics, large sums of cash, wallets containing credit cards and personal information and most importantly, key fobs, in their vehicles when parked.

  He noted that it only takes a few minutes for thieves to take advantage of the opportunity of an unlocked vehicle to steal your belongings.

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  Recent burglaries included a report on December 3 at the Pine Barrens Golf Club on South Hope Chapel Road. The victim advised that his unlocked 2017 Chevy was entered and cash in excess of $200 was stolen along with multiple credit and debit cards.

  A Toms River resident said a similar thing happened that day as well. The victim reported that someone entered his 2017 Honda which he thought he had locked, but sustained no forced entry damage. The victim’s wallet containing $200 cash which had been left in the vehicle was stolen and multiple credit cards in the wallet were used at several retail stores for combined purchases exceeding $6,800.

  That same day at 11:55 p.m., officers responded to a residence located on Wilson Boulevard on the report that a 2017 Ford Expedition was stolen from the residence.  While enroute to the location, officers spotted it parked in a wooded area on Don Connor Boulevard and it appeared that the inside had been ransacked.

  Further investigation at the victim’s residence revealed that a 2018 Jeep and 2018 Honda had also been entered and all three vehicles were reported to have been parked with the keys left inside. 

  The next day at 9:11 a.m., officers responded to a Harding Court residence concerning a burglary to a motor vehicle. The victim reported that someone entered his unlocked 2020 GMC and rifled through the center console and glovebox. Nothing was reported taken at this time. 

  Officers responded at 9:55 a.m. to a residence located on Adams Way on the report of a burglary to another vehicle. The victim reported that someone had entered his unlocked 2016 Ford and stole $20 in change and paperwork for a credit card.

  Police responded to a Reagan Drive residence at 8:47 p.m. regarding another vehicle burglary. The victim reported that someone entered a 2014 Toyota through an unlocked passenger door and went through the vehicle. Nothing was reported stolen at this time. 

  Jackson Township and surrounding areas are also experiencing several thefts where catalytic converters have been cut off of parked vehicles. 

  The captain reminded residents that anyone observing any suspicious activity should contact police headquarters immediately at 732-928-1111 so police can investigate the situation.