JACKSON – Two cars were reported stolen, leading police into a high-speed pursuit to catch the thief.
On September 6, officers from the Jackson Township Police Department responded to a home on Knight Drive regarding a stolen 2018 Acura.
While on his way to the home, Officer Ryan Gladysz saw the reported stolen car traveling on East Veterans Highway. He then observed a second car pass the Acura speeding, and both continued west on East Veterans Highway.
When Gladysz activated his emergency lights and attempted to pull over the Acura, the driver refused and a pursuit was initiated. The chase continued onto Cedar Swamp Road and then onto I-195 east. The pursuit was called off on Route 9 when the Acura passed the Freehold Raceway Mall speeding at over 100 mph and police terminated it for safety concerns.
Later, Gladysz arrived at the victim’s home on Knight Drive and discovered that the car had been parked unlocked with the key left inside when stolen.
Officer Eric Fricks also responded to a second home on Knight Drive where the resident reported that his 2020 Acura, which had been parked unlocked with the key fob left inside, had also been stolen. Police determined that this was the second car Gladysz had witnessed speeding on East Veterans Highway.
At this time, detectives are working on follow-up information to identify the suspects. Anyone with information about them are asked to contact Detective Michael Goelz at 732-928-1111 or through the department’s StopIt app.
Police would also again like to remind residents to remove any valuables from their cars, lock them when parked and do not leave the keys or key fobs inside unattended cars.