WARREN - Roads have reopened after an extensive search by multiple agencies for suspect(s) in a Mercedes SUV stolen in Hillsborough failed to find the driver and possible passengers, police said.
The vehicle exited I-78 at exit 40 and crashed near Stonehouse on Stirling Road. After a two-and-a-half-hour search from the air and on foot with the help of K-9 units the suspect(s) were not found.
Police said there is no threat to residents.
Last weekend,seven motor vehicles were stolen in Somerset County, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson and Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor.
During a 48-hour period from Friday Oct. 16 to Sunday, Oct. 18, seven thefts were reported: 3 in Bernards Township, 3 in Warren Township and 1 in Bernrdsville, according to Robertson.
Car thieves have previously targeted rural areas of Somerset County by specifically looking for unlocked motor vehicles, or vehicles where the keys or key fob are left inside or very near the vehicle, with the intent to steal them, according to Robertson. The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office reminds owners to not leave keys or key fobs in vehicles and make sure to lock their vehicles even when the vehicle is in their driveway.
Robertson and Fodor request anyone with information relating to these thefts to contact local authorities or the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Burglary Task Force at (908) 231-7100 or via the STOPit app. The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ.
Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.