BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Bernards Township police reported that a 2019 brown Infinity QX70 4-door vehicle with the key fob left inside was reported to have been stolen some time between last Sunday afternoon at about 4 p.m. and about 7 a.m. on Monday from the 300 block of Whitenack Road.

The vehicle, valued at approximately $47,000 was located later that day in Newark by the Newark police department, according to this week's police report.

Since July 19, police also logged calls minor motor vehicle accidents with no major injuries, several first aid calls (non-COVID related), and some domestic and mental illness incidents, according to police.

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There has been a very small increase in domestic and mental illness calls during the COVID-19, with incidents going slightly up and down since the virus-related protocols started, according to police.

Scam pulls in 67-year-old resident

Police also said they received a report at about 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 29, that a 67 year old resident of Spencer Road had been contacted by an apparent agent from Social Security to advise them that the victim's Social Security number was reportedly involved in an investigation regarding money laundering in Texas. The agent then advised the victim that he would forward the phone call immediately to the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) to clear the matter up, police said.

While on hold, she was transferred to a male who claimed to be an FBI agent who identified himself as "DC-4010". DC-4010 advised the victim that in order to take care of the matter, the FBI would require $1,500 in gift cards specifically from Walmart, according to police. 

Not realizing that most government agencies would not make such telephone transfers, nor does the FBI get paid by Walmart, the victim purchased the cards, called back a telephone number starting with the area code (469) and provided the serial numbers to the cards to whomever answered, according to the police report.