JACKSON – The Jackson Township Police Department is reminding residents to lock their cars and remove any valuables from vehicles after several thefts have occurred recently in the town.
On October 20, a resident of Redwood Place reported that her $120,000 2021 Range Rover was stolen from the driveway overnight. She told police that the key fob was left inside the car. Cash, multiple credit cards and other personal items that were left inside were also stolen.
The car is equipped with a tracking device and police were able to track the car in Newark and the Bronx. Newark Police Department and NYPD were notified to help locate the car. At this time there are no further updates.
On October 22, a 2018 Jeep was stolen at the Firestone located on West County Line Road. According to police, the car was being serviced and after a test drive was parked in the parking lot with the key fob left inside the car. The car was parked there for five minutes when an unknown man entered the Jeep and drove away. The car was later recovered the next day in Lakewood by the Lakewood Police.
On October 27, a resident of Picadilly Drive reported a burglary to a 2020 Dodge. Unknown suspect(s) entered the unlocked car overnight and stole the owner’s wallet, which was left in the center console. The wallet contained multiple credit cards which had to be cancelled.
On November 1, a resident of Newbury Court reported that a $50,000 2019 BMW was stolen from the driveway overnight. According to the owner, they could not recall if the car had been locked and could not locate both key fobs.
Although the car is equipped with GPS, attempts to track it were unsuccessful. Police were able to track the car’s EZ Pass transponder going through the exit for Newark Airport earlier in the morning.
Investigation revealed that a group of juveniles on a group trip had left Six Flags Great Adventure on foot and stole a different car near the Jackson Premium Outlets. This car theft was not reported to the Jackson Police Department, police said.
While driving around the area, they reportedly observed the BMW and found that the key fob was inside it, stealing that vehicle too. The BMW was allegedly then sold to another unknown party for cash, police said. The investigation is ongoing at this time.
On November 4, officers responded to a home on Short Hills Boulevard around 3:37 a.m. regarding a $44,000 2020 Mercedes stolen from a resident’s driveway. A 2018 Volkswagon was found abandoned at the location still running with the doors open. Police discovered that this car had been reported stolen out of Newark. This car was recovered for processing and items stolen in other incidents were recovered from the car and was later turned over to its owner.
Police confirmed that the Mercedes was left unlocked with the key fob inside of it. Police tracked the car heading north on Route 9 and then the Garden State Parkway.
In addition, it was reported that the victim’s car contained several Coach purses, the victim’s passport, driver’s license, social security card, the victim’s children’s social security cards, cash, blank checks, laptop, multiple iPhones, an iPad, the key fob for another vehicle, jewelry, house keys, garage door openers and multiple gift cards.
Days later, the victim reported to Jackson Police that her car had been located and turned over to her by the Newark Police Department, although all of the contents left inside were gone. This investigation is still ongoing.
Also on November 4th, residents of Chelsea Road reported that unknown suspect(s) had entered their 2018 Jeep and 2021 Acura which were parked unlocked in their driveway. The suspect(s) has stolen the victim’s wallets which had been left inside. These items were recovered in the Volkswagon that was left at the Short Hills Blvd. incident.
Police are asking that anyone who may have information about any of these incidents to contact police headquarters at 732-928-1111 or through the department’s StopIt app online. Please contact police headquarters to report any suspicious activity.