NUTLEY, NJ - "Theft from Unlocked Vehicle," a regular topic of TAPinto Nutley news coverage since we launched, remains a focus of the Nutley Police Department event during these unprecedented times of the coronavirus lock downs and curfews.   

In the past week, there were numerous reports of 'theft from vehicle' reported to the police in Nutley, in most cases, the police report identified the vehicle as being left unlocked. 

On Saturday, May 2, there were several reports of theft from vehicle in several areas of the township. A Lloyd Court victim stated they parked their vehicle in their assigned spot and when they returned to their vehicle they noticed the driver’s side door was opened. On Freeman Place, victims contacted Police to report a theft from vehicle.  Upon returning to the vehicle they noticed it was rummaged through and a Home Depot card worth $150 was taken. A second vehicle owned by the victim was also entered.tective Bureau investigating this and several other incidents throughout the town this past week.

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On the same day, multiple vehicles on Lakeside Drive and Cleveland Avenue were entered. In these incidents, the actors were described to police and arrested shortly thereafter.

On May 4,a resident of Lakeside Drive contacted Headquarters to report their unlocked vehicle was burglarized on Friday May1. They observed the glove box and center console open with items missing. Another Lakeside Drive resident filed a report with police on May 7 about their vehicle being entered. The victim had not used their vehicle since May 1 and it is possible that the car was entered during the evening of May 2 when the arrests were made. 

On May 4, a High Street resident reported their vehicle was parked for the evening and left unlocked. Upon returning to the vehicle they found the center console opened at the contents laid on the front seat. On the same day, a Chestnut St. resident filed a theft from vehicle report with the Nutley Police Department.  They stated when they returned to their vehicle they noticed the glove box and center console had been rummaged through. 

A Beech St. resident reported that on May 5, their unlocked vehicle was entered and contents were taken from the center console. 

Unlocked vehicles were targeted by thieves on Raymond Ave. and Overlook Ave. on May 7. According to police, the car on Raymond Ave. was found with the door ajar and the rear hatch open.  The vehicle was rummaged through and missing a box of medical bags worth approximately $200.  The vehicle was left unlocked.

While Officers were canvassing the area they found a black wallet and black Dodge case containing vehicle documents and an owner’s manual for a vehicle from Overlook Avenue.  The victim was advised of the incident and confirmed the vehicle was rummaged through. As Patrol units continued to canvass the area they found another vehicle on Overlook Terrace with the doors unlocked and the interior rummaged through. The owner was contacted and made a check of the car.   Another vehicle on Raymond Avenue was found to have been rifled through sometime in the overnight hours. 

Nutley Police Headquarters received a report of a theft from vehicle on Stanley Ave. The victim stated that when they returned to their unlocked vehicle they found papers, and the contents of their glove box and center console scattered about the vehicle’s interior. 

On Mapes Ave. on Thursday, a resident contacted police to report a theft from vehicle.  Their neighbor told the victim that during the night their dog was barking and when they looked out the window they saw an unknown party slam the vehicle door of the victim and then enter a silver vehicle and drive away.  The victim stated their vehicle was left unlocked.

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