BERNARDSVILLE, NJ — Recent vehicle thefts in the borough have spurred the Bernardsville Police Department to renew warnings issued to residents, who are being urged to "avoid unnecessarily becoming the victim of a crime by simply removing your keys, locking your vehicle and not storing valuables inside vehicles parked outside your home."
Two more auto thefts in the past week are under investigation.
On Sunday, Oct. 18 at 10:51 a.m., a resident of Garibaldi Street reportedthat a black 2020 Dodge Durango valued at approximately $67,000 had been stolen. The resident reported that the Durango was stolen while it was parked outside the residence sometime between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. on Oct. 18. The car was reportedly left unlocked and the keys were left in the vehicle according to the victim. At approximately 1 p.m., the vehicle was located and recovered in Newark.
On Tuesday, Oct. 13, police reported that a beige 2016 Audi A6 valued at approximately $19,000 had been stolen from Pheasant Hill Drive. Four days later, the Audi was located in Newark. The vehicle was subsequently used to facilitate additional crimes after it was stolen.
There has been an increase in motor vehicle thefts reported in both Somerset and neighboring counties.
The incident remains under investigation by the Bernardsville Police Department Detective Bureau. Police are asking residents in the area of the reported thefts to review any security camera recordings they may have to see if they captured any information that might aid police in this investigation. Anyone with information is requested to contact the Police Department at (908) 766-0037.