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Honda Owners Targeted by Tire Thieves in South Orange

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Thieves stripped the tires from four Hondas between Feb. 8 and Feb. 13, leaving the victims’ vehicles sitting on cinder blocks.

Police said the thieves targeted recent-model Hondas, ranging from 2011 to 2013. In the most recent incident, owners of two cars parked in the Our Lady of Sorrows parking lot were victimized between 7:30 and 9 p.m. on Feb. 13. In addition, the vehicles were broken into and cell phones, cash and a laptop were removed.

Tires were stolen from a vehicle parked in a Riggs Place driveway between 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 8 and 12:45 a.m. on Feb. 9. A Prospect Street resident reported the same thing happened to his car. He left the vehicle parked at the corner of Prospect Street and Irvington Avenue at 8 p.m. on and when he returned three hours later, the tires were gone.

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Another Riggs Place resident said someone attempted to steal the tires from his vehicle between 6 p.m. on Feb. 8 and 10:45 a.m. on Feb. 9. His vehicle was parked on the street.

In other police news:

  • A witness told police he saw a male remove a temporary license plate from the bumper of a Mercedes Benz parked in the NJ Transit Lot located behind the main train station. The man left in a blue BMW. The incident occurred Feb. 14.
  • A Western Drive resident said that someone entered his vehicle and removed an iPod and a pair of glasses. The incident occurred Feb. 13.
  • A South Ridgewood Road resident said that someone stole his vehicle, which was parked in his driveway. The vehicle was found in Newark a few hours later by the Essex County Sheriff’s Department. The incident occurred Feb. 14.
  • A Charlton Avenue resident said that someone had entered her vehicle by damaging the driver’s side door. It was parked in a municipal parking lot. Nothing was reported stolen. The incident occurred Feb. 14.
  • A Seton Hall student said that while he was playing basketball at the recreation center someone had removed his iPhone. The incident occurred Feb 12.
  • A female said that while she was attending a house party on Ward Place, she left her North Face jacket; once she came back, she had discovered it had been stolen. The jacket also contained jewelry. The incident occurred Feb. 9.
  • A South Orange resident said that someone had broken into his vehicle and stole the front headlight bulbs from his vehicle while it was parked in a lot on South Orange Avenue. The incident occurred Feb. 9.

The reporter is participating in a hyperlocal journalism partnership between The Alternative Press and Seton Hall University's Department of Communication & The Arts.

Editor's Note: This article relies on information provided by law enforcement officials and the subjects are presumed innocent. If notified of changes to the charges or their outcome, TAPinto.net will update this report.

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