CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Several car burlaries in Cedar Grove and surrounding towns, led to police chases in the early monrning hours on Thursday.
In Cedar Grove, police reported to Highfield Lane at round 3:30 a.m. According to reports, a resident was alerted to someone searching through his Dodge Ram truck parked in the driveway. The suspects continued down the street and a searched through a neighbor’s car as well.
Upon discovery, the suspects fled the area in a Silver Lincoln SUV, going south onto Ridge Road. They were last seen traveling southbound on at a high rate of speed when the resident lost sight of them.
Police responded to the area and simultaneously a broadcast was sent out to the surrounding towns advising them of the incident and vehicle description. Moments later Verona Police located and pursued the Lincoln SUV on Prospect Avenue toward West Orange. The vehicle was last seen traveling at a high rate of speed approaching Route 280.
A short time later at 4 a.m., North Caldwell Police Department broadcasted to all surrounding towns that they just had a Range Rover stolen from Birch Avenue. The Range Rover was reportedly accompanied by a second black vehicle. Minutes later Cedar Grove Officer Grigolo located the stolen Range Rover along with the second vehicle, a black Mercedes Benz, going south bound on Route 23 at a high rate of speed. Officer Grigolo and a Verona Police Unit pursued the two vehicles onto Prospect Ave into West Orange. The vehicles were last seen approaching the entrances to Route 280.
A short time after that Verona Police were involved in a third vehicle pursuit, pursuing another suspected stolen vehicle into Montclair. It was last seen on Harrison Street going toward Orange.
“I cannot overstate the importance of removing your keys and key fobs from your cars. The vast majority, if not all of these vehicles, with the exception of carjacked vehicle, are being stolen due to the keys or key fobs being left inside the cars," said Cedar Grove Police Chief Joseph Cirasa. "Prevention is crucial, and the only way to reduce these incidents, the secondary crimes, and dangerous pursuits. Eliminate the opportunities. Do not leave valuables in your car. Most importantly, do not confront the tctors. Call police immediately, continue to observe and provide updates."
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