NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Two burglaries in the parking lot of the same Central Avenue business within the last week have New Providence police believing there may be a pattern of targeting autos at fitness centers early in the morning.

The New Providence Police Department is investigating a burglary that took place on Wednesday morning to motor vehicle that was parked in a business on Central Avenue. The owner of the vehicle parked the vehicle at approximately 5:40 a.m. and upon returning to the vehicle at approximately 6:25 a.m. found that the driver's side window had been broken. 

Upon checking the contents of the vehicle, the owner discovered that a purse had been taken which contained various personal items. The New Providence Detective Bureau believes the suspect was driving a dark gray sedan--probably a Nissan Sentra--with New York license plates.

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"We believe that the vehicle may have been occupied by two individuals," the New Providence Police Department said in a statement. "The investigation has been linked to several other burglaries in the neighboring towns on this same date and believe that timeframe that these burglaries occurred were between 5:40 a.m. and 7 a.m. We also believe that a similar motor vehicle burglary occurred on Saturday, Dec. 13, at the same business on Central Avenue.  It appears that the suspects may be specifically targeting fitness centers."

Anyone with information about either incident in New Providence is asked to call the police department at (908) 665-1111.