CRANFORD - Three motor vehicles have been stolen over the past four days in Cranford, police said on Monday.
According to the release, the two vehicles were stolen on December 31 from Iroquois Rd and Edgebrook Place, while the third was stolen on January 2 from Broad Street. In two of the three incidents, a car key was left inside the vehicle.
On December 31, 2020 the Cranford Police Department responded to a report of a motor vehicle theft from Iroquois Rd. The vehicle, a 2005 Ford F250, was parked outside the residence and stolen sometime overnight between December 30 and 31, police said. The Newark Police Department recovered the Ford pickup on December 31 later that evening, and the vehicle was returned to its owner, police said.
On December 31, 2020 a 2020 Subaru Ascent was reported stolen from outside the victim’s residence on Edgebrook Place around 7:50 p.m, police said. The Subaru was later recovered by the New Jersey State Police on the morning of January 1, 2021, police said.
On January 2, 2021 around 7 p.m., a Broad Street resident reported that her 2019 Nissan Rogue had just been stolen from in front of her home. According to the Cranford Police Deaprtment, within moments, Patrolman Ali Muhammad located the Nissan driving near South Avenue East and Lincoln Avenue East and attempted to stop the vehicle. Shortly thereafter, the driver exited the vehicle near the intersection, while the vehicle was still in motion, and a foot pursuit ensued with several other Cranford Officers, police said
The male suspect was eventually apprehended in the rear of a business along the 500 block of South Avenue East. The 17- year-old juvenile suspect from Newark was taken into custody and charged with Theft, Receiving Stolen Property, Resisting Arrest and multiple motor vehicle violations. The juvenile was released to a guardian pending a Juvenile Court appearance date. The Nissan was returned to its owner, police said.
Active investigations for all three cases remain ongoing, and the Cranford Police Department would like to remind members of the public to lock their vehicles, remove any potential spare keys from visible areas inside or around the vehicle, and to remove any valuables. If suspicious activity is observed, it should be immediately reported to the police.