CLARK, NJ – Two cars have been stolen out of Clark in less than two weeks, Clark Chief of Police Pedro Matos confirmed on Friday.  Although one was recovered in Irvington, the other has not yet been found, he said.

“When I see a sharp spike like this, obviously someone is working the area,” Matos said. Six unlocked vehicles were also burglarized, he said.

On Wednesday, the Clark Police Department issued a crime alert message via its Facebook page.  In it, they urged residents to lock their vehicles and keep valuables out of sight. 

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“Also do not leave your vehicles running unattended during the early morning hours,” the post said. 

Matos would not confirm that one of the stolen vehicles had been left running, but a second Facebook post on Thursday repeated the same caution.

The spare key to one of the stolen vehicles had been taken from the owner’s other unlocked vehicle parked nearby, Matos said.  He explained that electronic fob-style keys must be present in order for the cars to run.

Matos did not pinpoint where in the township the cars had been stolen from, but only said it was “on the Rahway border.”

“This [crime], it’s not going to go away,” Matos said. “That’s why I keep reiterating to people, ‘Lock your cars.’”

Clark Police are conducting an ongoing investigation into both vehicle thefts and the ongoing vehicle burglaries.

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